Kentucky basketball plays at Arkansas at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Follow along below for the score, live updates and stats from the game.
Kentucky-Arkansas score, live updates, stats
FINAL: Kentucky 87, Arkansas 72
That might be the most complete performance of the season by the Cats, which is stunning after such a miserable start. UK outscored the Hogs by 26 over the final 37 minutes and dominated the second half. The guards were great — Green and SGA combined for 30 points, 11 assists, 11 rebounds, 3 turnovers — and Kentucky crashed the glass. That’s a winning formula. Final box score:
Kentucky 83, Arkansas 70, 2:29 2H: Jarred Vanderbilt is a monster again. He’s up to 11 points and 9 rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench and gave the Cats a 15-point lead with under 5 minutes to go. Knox has 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals. This has been almost total domination from the Cats in the second half, or since about the 13-minute mark. Two straight games of really strong finishes (assuming UK finishes here). The box score so far:
Kentucky 78, Arkansas 65, 6:50 2H: Make it a 22-4 Kentucky run to go from down 5 to up 13 after consecutive Knox and Gilgeous-Alexander 3-pointers. What a swing. The Cats have outscored the Hogs by 24 points in the last 30 minutes, since that early 11-0 deficit. This is a big-time performance on the road by a young team (if the Cats can hold on).
Kentucky 72, Arkansas 65, 7:47 2H: UK trailed 61-56 with 13:16 to go, then came a 9-0 Cats run that grew to 16-4 run and 72-65 lead with 9 minutes to go. The most recent flurry: SGA 3-pointer, SGA jumper, Vanderbilt steal, Vanderbilt offense rebound, two Vanderbilt free throws. The latter has 10 and 7 in 17 minutes off the bench. Big.
Kentucky 63, Arkansas 61, 11:39 2H: What a game. Tied at 56, Vanderbilt bricked a dunk, SGA misfired from point-blank and the Hogs rattled off five straight points. So the Cats fired back with a 7-0 run: Gabriel 3-pointer, Knox jumper, Knox layup. The latter is up to 20 points tonight and we’re up to 12 ties and 9 lead changes in a game that started wildly lopsided. The box score so far:
Arkansas 56, Kentucky 54, 15:22 2H: Back and forth they go. Kevin Knox’s banked-in bucket for a 3-point play made it 48-45 Cats early in the second half, but the Hogs used their own and-one to surge back ahead. Super-long Arkansas freshman Daniel Gafford had consecutive filthy blocks — Green swatted off the glass and Washington rejected on a power move inside — and we’ve had a Hamidou Diallo sighting. After playing just 5 first-half minutes, he returned to sink a pair of free throws for a (brief) UK lead. This has turned into a really fun, furious game.
HALFTIME: Kentucky 43, Arkansas 43
PJ Washington’s steal, drive, layup and free throw gave the Cats a 3-point lead in the final 30 seconds of the half, but the Hogs swished their eighth 3-pointer just before the buzzer. So it’s a dead heat here in Fayetteville. Fun game. Kevin Knox is up to 11 points this half and 24 the last two halves. The Cats were getting clobbered on the glass early but now lead the rebounding battle 23-17. Full halftime box score:
Kentucky 40, Arkansas 40, 32.1 seconds 1H: John Calipari will take this all day after being down 11-0 and 15-5. Kevin Knox with a big offensive rebound on a missed UK free throw that led to a layup, then an awkward-but-it-dropped take to tie the game. Knox has 11 this half and 24 points in his last two halves.
Kentucky 33, Arkansas 32, 3:37 1H: Wait, what? How? The Hogs briefly stretched their lead back to six — should’ve been more by star freshman Daniel Gafford missed 4 of 5 fee throws in a brutal stretch — before a Sacha Killeya-Jones putback, Knox 3-pointer and a pair of Knox free throws for the Cats’ first lead of the game with 4:36 to go in the half. The box score:
Arkansas 29, Kentucky 24, 7:34 1H: After a miserable start, down 11-0 and then 15-5, the Cats roared back. A Kevin Knox 3-pointer (after airmailing his previous attempt), PJ Washington swat at the rim and Quade Green layup on the break tied the game at 20-all with 10:21 to go in the half. Green has 8 points and an assist in 10 minutes off the bench and needs to be on the floor all the time.
Kentucky started 0 for 6 shooting and then made 9 of 13 to get back in it. Arkansas shot 7 of 14 to start and then made just 1 of 7 to let the Cats back in it. So we have a ball game at Bud Walton Arena. UK to the line after this timeout.
Arkansas 17, Kentucky 13, 11:58 1H: Jarred Vanderbilt and Quade Green subbed in for the Cats and made an instant impact — Vanderbilt two dunks, Green a pair of 3-pointers — to steady UK. Green’s 3-pointer, Vanderbilt’s skying defensive board and then putback jam on the other end have led to the current margin. Vando already has 4 points and 3 rebounds in 5 minutes.
The Hogs were crushing the Cats on the glass (5 offensive rebounds, 7 second-chance points in the first 6 minutes) and Hamidou Diallo has already committed two quick, silly offensive fouls. But Kentucky is finding its footing maybe. Full box score so far:
Arkansas 11, Kentucky 2, 15:58 1H: Arkansas opened the game with a pair of 3-pointers, then got three straight tries at another one — rebounding its misses every time — and nailed finally nailed a third from deep. A fourth rimmed out, but another offensive rebound led to a layup and 11-0 Hogs start. Calipari took a timeout just 70 seconds into the game, but it apparently did no good. Kentucky missed its first six shots and Arkansas turned Bud Walton into a thunder dome with those three 3-pointers and an early 7-1 lead on the glass (4 offensive boards).
The Hogs, they've been called. pic.twitter.com/ZqVLK2QhUu
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_SEC) February 21, 2018
STARTING FIVE: Calipari is sticking with SGA, Diallo, Knox, Gabriel and Richards for the third straight game. It’s Gabriel over Washington again.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) February 20, 2018
Kentucky-Arkansas game time, details
- Time: 9 p.m. ET
- Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
- Location: Bud Walton Arena (19,200)
- Records: Kentucky 18-9, 7-7 SEC; Arkansas 19-8, 8-6 SEC
- Favorite: Arkansas by 5 1/2
What TV channel is Kentucky-Arkansas on?
You can watch Kentucky vs. Arkansas on ESPN. Joe Tessitore, Sean Farnham and Laura Rutledge will be on the call.
How can I watch Kentucky-Arkansas online?
Stream Kentucky vs. Arkansas online on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app.
How can I listen to Kentucky-Arkansas on the radio?
Kentucky and Arkansas will be broadcast on the UK Sports Network. That’s 630-AM on Lexington radio and can be streamed at iHeart Radio. You can also listen on XM channel 190 and Sirius channel 137.
- It seems overly simple, but the Wildcats say it’s working: Kentucky basketball players have — gasp! — started hanging out with each other more off the court. They say it is improving chemistry. Ending a four-game losing streak wasn’t bad for morale either.
- The Cats usually have the longest player on the court, but Gafford might take that honor Tuesday for Arkansas. He averaged more than 7 blocks per game as a senior in high school with a massive wingspan and because, as Justus said, “He’s extremely active. Similar to some of the ones we’ve had here, he can fly up and down the court on both sides, can impact the game when he doesn’t have the ball. But then when he does have it, I think he’s got a tremendous package of offensive moves. But I think before we go into any of that, he just plays really, really hard.”
- There was a lot to like about UK’s win over Alabama, but nothing more important than a clean, poised final five minutes. The Cats had no turnovers, forced four turnovers, grabbed eight rebounds, four offensive, and turned a 2-point lead into a 10-point win. Of note: Hamidou Diallo wasn’t on the floor for those final five minutes.
- John Calipari explained Saturday why he hasn’t yanked Diallo from the starting lineup and buried him on the bench, but UK’s coach has significantly trimmed the 5-star freshman guard’s minutes. He’s in a horrible shooting slump and has become a “turnover machine” of late. So starter or night, Diallo is often not a finisher for the Cats.