Kentucky fans will still be licking their wounds from a disappointing defeat at the hands of the Volunteers when Arkansas comes to town Tuesday night. Eric Musselman’s squad will tip-off inside Rupp Arena against UK at 7 pm on ESPN.
Arkansas won their first eight games before hitting a speed bump in SEC play. Since suffering a 31-point loss to Alabama Jan. 16, the Razorbacks have won four of five, only falling to Cade Cunningham’s Oklahoma State in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
Freshman guard Moses Moody is Arkansas’ leading scorer. The Little Rock native averages 16.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. JD Notae is scoring more than 13 points per game and Jalen Tate is dialing it up from deep, knocking down 38.3% of his three-point attempts.
The Wildcats should have an advantage in the paint. 6-foot-7 Justin Turner is their leading rebounder while their 7-foot-3 center is playing less than 20 minutes a game. If Kentucky can get Keion Brooks cooking once again, maybe Tuesday night is the night Kentucky finally gets back to their winning ways. But be wary BBN — those final four minutes have only been filled with horror this season.
A Lengthy Absence Ahead for Terrence Clarke
Some of us thought Terrence Clarke may return to action in time to play Tennessee. He may not return at all this season. John Calipari said on Monday night’s call-in show that Clarke may miss another four weeks. Four weeks from today UK will be en route to Nashville for the SEC Tournament. Similar to the Brooks injury, it’s probably best if we do not expect Clarke to be back anytime soon, then celebrate the pleasant surprise if and when he does return.
Last Meeting with Arkansas
Kentucky’s season changed when they traveled to Fayetteville a year ago. Playing in front of a sold out crowd at Bud Walton Arena, John Calipari’s ejection sparked an incredible run that led to a season-changing win. Is there any chance the Cats have another game like this up their sleeves?
Vegas, TV, Radio
The line has flipped. Kentucky opened as 1.5-point underdogs against the Razorbacks. The Wildcats are now 2.5-point favorites, despite a 3-7 record ATS in SEC play. The total for tonight’s game is 142.5 points. Arkansas has covered in three of its last four games.
Karl Ravech and Jimmy Dykes will be on the call for ESPN beginning at 7 pm. Unable to reach a television? You can also hear Tom Leach and Mike Pratt on a few other platforms:
- AM: 840 WHAS, 630 WLAP
- FM: 98.1 WBUL
- Satellite: XM-191, Interent 962
- Online: iHeart Radio
Listen to the KSR Pregame Show
There’s only way you can get ready for the Cats and the Razorbacks. Hear Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond and Drew Franklin preview the matchup with Arkansas on the KSR Pregame Show by turning your radio dial to 630 WLAP at 4:30 pm ET or by listening online with iHeart Radio.
Win, Win at KSBar and Grille
Even if Kentucky loses, you’ll win when you dine with KSBar and Grille. We’ll celebrate a Kentucky win or we’ll discount your meal if it’s a loss. Either way, you’e winning!
Another Big Ten Transfer
Days after quarterback Will Levis announced he’s transferring from Penn State to Kentucky, Michigan State wide receiver Tre’Von Morgan revealed he’s taking his talents to Lexington too. A big 6-foot-6 target from Massillon, Oh., the Wildcats will have another option near the goal line who I was told is also an exceptional blocker. Whether they split him out to Moss on corners or let him operate as a tight end, Kentucky got a much needed, talented pass-catcher.
Combine Invites are Out
Quinton Bohanna revealed Monday night that he has accepted an invitation to the 2021 NFL Scouting Combine, in whatever form or fashion that may be. A few hours earlier Max Duffy informed me that he will also attend the Combine, but he has selected to opt-out of the benchpress portion of the event because the NFL will not give him enough time to maximize his reps.
That joke was one of many he made alongside his roommate, Luke Fortner, in an hour-long conversation with KSR. Subscribe to KSR’s YouTube page and the KSR Football Podcast on Apple Podcasts to hear all of the shenanigans later today.
A New World Record
It appears that Chris Spell has springs loaded into this calves. The New York athlete set a Guinness World Record by completing a 67-inch standing high jump. That’s more than five feet straight into the air. Stupid.