Arkansas’ men’s basketball team fell 97-71 at No. 6 Kentucky on Saturday night.
The Razorbacks are now 12-3 (1-2 SEC) on the season. Arkansas returns home to face Mississippi State on Tuesday at 8 p.m. (SEC Network) inside Bud Walton Arena.
Here’s the rundown of what Arkansas coach Mike Anderson had to say following the loss:
- Anderson opens with: “We battled, especially that first half I thought we really battled. The second half … it was like a tale of two halves. The second half we came out and it looked like it was a free-throw contest. (Kentucky) shot 40 free throws. You’re going to get some of that on the road. They went up there and they made them. But our kids, I was proud of their effort. I thought they gave everything they had in a tough environment.”
- Anderson on the second half: “Coming out I really thought out guys would come out and bring that same mindset, that same energy, but it just seemed like (Kentucky) got that transition game going. And they’ve got a guy like (De’Aaron) Fox, who I thought played outstanding for them.”
- On the Hogs’ transition defense: “The first half we did an excellent job. We knew that was going to be a point of emphasis in this game. But it goes back to the free-throw line or the paint. That’s where it’s going to be won at. Look at the offensive rebounds that they got. They had 15 offensive rebounds and you can’t do that, especially on the road.
- On the play of junior guard Jaylen Barford, who had 14 points off the bench: “I wish he would’ve showed up that second half as well. He played well. I thought he was big-time. Guys came off the bench and gave us some quality minutes.”
- Anderson reiterates what he feels was the difference: “Again, as I’m looking at these stats the glaring one is the free throws. That is a big discrepancy. Part of that … we did some fouling, but I thought they did some fouling, too. But then they got us on the boards with 15 offensive rebounds. That’s something that can’t take place.”
- On going back home for three of the next four games: “We need to come out and learn from this here. It’s like I told our guys, it’s an artist putting paint on the canvas. We’ve just got to clean up some other things. For 20 minutes, I thought we played outstanding. We’ve got to do it for longer periods of time. You’re not going to play in a tougher environment than this. But at the end of the day, we’ll learn from it.”
- Anderson feels his team put forth good effort despite the loss. “It wasn’t because of lack of effort. Our guys, I thought they played their hearts out. Anybody we put out there, I thought they played the game the right way.