It wasn’t easy, but the Kentucky Wildcats found a way to win on the road against Arkansas, defeating the Razorbacks by a final score of 73-66. After building a nine-point lead at halftime, the Cats were slowed down considerably at the start of the second half, due largely in part to foul trouble and offensive droughts.
The real change of the game came when John Calipari received a double technical for arguing with the officials, effectively sending Coach Cal out of the arena. His team found a way to respond, and the Wildcats came together in an exciting way to push each other toward a win inside a tough enviornment. Assistant coach Kenny Payne took over as the acting head coach, and he led the Cats from the sideline for the final few minutes of action.
Nick Richards led the Wildcats with 17 points, while Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley each added 13 of their own. Tyrese Maxey finished with 11, and Keion Brooks recorded 10 points. Hagans and EJ Montgomery both fouled out for the Wildcats, and two Razorbacks also left the game with five personal fouls.
Here’s a look at the final boxscore: