Local Teams

National Basketball Association
Kentucky 84, Arkansas 67
When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 28, 2015
Where: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky
Officials: # Mike Nance, # Doug Shows, # Olandis Poole
Attendance: 24416

No. 1 Kentucky 84, No. 16 Arkansas 67:
Trey Lyles and Andrew Harrison scored 18 points apiece as the unbeaten Wildcats led wire-to-wire in a dominant victory over the visiting Razorbacks.

Tyler Ulis added 14 points, Devin Booker recorded 10 and Aaron Harrison collected nine, seven rebounds and five steals for Kentucky (29-0, 16-0 SEC), which snapped the Razorbacks’ seven-game winning streak and clinched the outright SEC regular-season title. The Wildcats led by as many as 31 points in the second half and moved within two wins of a perfect regular season.

Michael Qualls led Arkansas (23-6, 12-4) with 17 points and nine rebounds while Bobby Portis registered 15 and eight. The Razorbacks shot 37.5 percent and were 5-for-18 from 3-point range as their three-game winning streak against Kentucky came to an end.

The Wildcats, who are off to the first 29-0 start in school history, began the game with Lyles’ alley-oop dunk and took a 42-26 lead into the break after holding Arkansas to 29.6 percent shooting – including 0-for-9 from beyond the arc. Arkansas, which came in averaging a league-high 79.5 points, cut the deficit as low as 13 points early in the second half before falling behind by 23 with 12 1/2 minutes remaining.

Kentucky made seven straight field goals during a 9-0 run and moved ahead 78-47 on Ulis’ 3-pointer with just under eight minutes left. Karl-Anthony Towns scored eight points while Willie Cauley-Stein recorded seven and nine rebounds for the Wildcats, who improved to 101-4 at Rupp Arena under coach John Calipari.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Arkansas coach Mike Anderson was assessed a technical foul for arguing a non-call with 12:31 remaining and Kentucky leading by 21 points. … Kentucky has trailed for only 149:01 of a possible 1,175 minutes this season. … Portis scored in double figures for the 24th straight game for Arkansas, which was outrebounded 38-32 and committed 12 turnovers.
Top Game Performances
Arkansas   Kentucky
Michael Qualls 17 Scoring Andrew Harrison 18
Rashad Madden 3 Assists Andrew Harrison 3
Michael Qualls 9 Rebounds Willie Cauley-Stein 9
Michael Qualls 7 Free Throws Made Andrew Harrison 8
Anton Beard 2 Steals Aaron Harrison 5
N/A Blocks Willie Cauley-Stein 4
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Arkansas 67 37.5 5-18 20-25 10 29 0 4 12
Kentucky 84 48.3 5-17 21-28 13 34 6 8 9