Local Teams

National Basketball Association
Arkansas 71, Kentucky 67
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, February 27, 2014
Where: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky
Officials: # Patrick Adams, # Leslie Jones, # Anthony Jordan
Attendance: 23908

Arkansas 71, No. 15 Kentucky 67 (OT):
Michael Qualls scored 14 points and Coty Clarke put up seven of his 11 in overtime as the visiting Razorbacks boosted their NCAA Tournament at-large resume by knocking off the Wildcats.

Rashad Madden added 12 points and Anthlon Bell scored 10 off the bench for Arkansas (19-9, 8-7 SEC), which swept the season series from Kentucky (21-7, 11-4). Kikko Haydar hit the clinching free throws with 18 seconds left in overtime – his only points of the game – for the Razorbacks.

Willie Cauley-Stein collected 16 points and matched a career best with 13 rebounds while Julius Randle had 14 and 10 for the Wildcats, who shot 34.2 percent from the field. Andrew Harrison scored 14 points and James Young chipped in 11 for Kentucky.

Arkansas knotted it at 60 when Madden knocked down both ends of a 1-and-1 with 29.3 seconds left in regulation and Harrison was blocked by Clarke in the paint on the other end to send it to overtime. The Razorbacks took the lead in the extra period on Clarke’s 3-pointer and Clarke knocked down four free throws to keep them in control.

Arkansas led by as much as nine points early in the second half and was still up 50-43 after Bell’s 3-pointer splashed through with just over 12 minutes left in regulation, but the Razorbacks would make only one field goal over the next 7:47 as Kentucky stormed back. The Wildcats led by as much as five points but could not score in the final minute.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Arkansas had not won at Kentucky since its 1994 National Championship season. … The Wildcats lost to the same opponent twice in one season for the first time in the five-year tenure of coach John Calipari. … The Razorbacks went 16-for-16 from the free-throw line while Kentucky struggled to 12-of-22 from the stripe.

Top Game Performances
Arkansas   Kentucky
Michael Qualls 14 Scoring Willie Cauley-Stein 16
Rashad Madden 4 Assists Andrew Harrison 3
Coty Clarke 7 Rebounds Willie Cauley-Stein 13
Rashad Madden 8 Free Throws Made Andrew Harrison 4
Michael Qualls 3 Steals Aaron Harrison 2
Moses Kingsley 3 Blocks Willie Cauley-Stein 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Arkansas 71 41.4 7-19 16-16 12 33 8 9 20
Kentucky 67 34.2 3-11 12-22 7 40 4 9 18