Kentucky Wildcats @ Arkansas Razorbacks: Game Notes

Andrew Harrison recorded his firt zero turnover game against Vanderbilt. - Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

As the No. 12/13 Kentucky Wildcats (12-3, 2-0) prepare to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks (11-4, 0-2), here are your Game Notes.

The No. 12/13 Kentucky Wildcats (12-3, 2-0) travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas to take on the Razorbacks in the renewal of one of the SEC's intense rivalries. UK comes into the game riding a five-game winning streak, while the 11-4 Hogs will vie to get back into the win column after dropping their first two league contests.

It's UK vs. Arkansas and here are your Game Notes:

Arkansas

  • Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson is in his third year at the helm of the Razorback basketball program. The long-time Nolan Richardson assistant runs an off-shoot of Richardson's "Forty Minutes of Hell" named "The Fastest Forty Minutes in Basketball."
  • Regardless of the moniker, the Hogs will run a full court trapping press, along with high pressure, switching, half-court defense designed to create easy scoring opportunities off the break.
  • Anderson has a 48-31 at Arkansas.
  • Arkansas averages a league best 84.5 points per game (UK is second in the conference, averaging 80.5 points per game).
  • Anderson was the coach at UAB when the Blazers upset No. 1 seed Kentucky in the second round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament.
  • The Razorbacks have three solid-to-outstanding 3-point shooters -- 6-6 Michael Qualls makes 37.3 percent from distance (19-51), Rashad Madden connects on 50.0 percent from beyond the arc (22-44), and Kikko Haydar is true 46.9 percent of the time from long-range (15-32).
  • Qualls and Madden, at 6-6 and 6-5 respectively, are the first guard combo that the 'Cats have faced that will be able to look UK's guards directly in the eye.
  • Arkansas' full court, trapping press is partially responsible for the 18.4 turnovers the Hogs force on the season.
  • The Razorbacks have four players who average double-figures in scoring -- Qualls (12.7 points per game), 6-10 freshman forward Bobby Portis (12.5 points per game), Madden (11.2 points per game), and 6-6 junior forward Alandise Harris.
  • Portis was the 2013 Gatorade Player of the Year in Arkansas, and top 16 recruit in the ESPN, Rivals and Scout player ratings, while 6-10 freshman Moses Kingsley was the top rated player out of Mississippi last year.
  • Portis is the Hogs' leading rebounder with 6.3 boards per game.
  • Kingsley, in only 10.9 minutes per game, averages 1.7 blocks, 5.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
  • Arkansas averages 8.2 thefts per contest.
  • The Razorbacks shoot 36.4 percent from 3-point land, while allowing opponents to make 35.5 percent from distance. The Hogs attempt just over 20 treys per game.
  • Arkansas' overtime loss to Florida snapped the Razorbacks' 23-game home winning streak.
  • Kentucky is only 6-6 when playing at Arkansas, 25-9 overall when playing Arkansas.
  • The last two times UK has visited Bud Walton Arena, the 'Cats came away on the short end, 73-60 last year, and 77-76 in overtime in 2011.
  • In UA's 73-60 win over UK last season, 6-7 senior forward Coty Clarke led the Hogs with 14 points,12 rebounds and six assists.

Kentucky

  • In an average of 20.5 minutes per game, Alex Poythress is averaging 10.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in SEC play.
  • Ten different Wildcats have recorded assists in UK's two conference contests.
  • James Young has passed out a team-high nine dimes against SEC competition.
  • Kentucky has made at least 12 free throws in every game this season, and have connected on more shots from the charity stripe -- 330 -- than its opponents have attempted -- 286.
  • UK is 11-2 in its last 13 games with Arkansas.
  • The Wildcats field goal percentage defense ranks 19th in the nation, allowing opponents to shoot only 39.0 percent from the field.
  • Kentucky ranks fourth in the country with 6.8 blocks per game.
  • Julius Randles 10.9 boards per game ranks eighth in the country.
  • Willie Cauley-Stein's 3.7 blocks per contest ranks 5th in the nation.
  • In UK's road win at Vanderbilt, Andrew Harrison recorded zero turnovers for the first time in his collegiate career. UK's point had four dimes.
  • WCS now ranks 17th in UK history with 116 career blocks.
  • UK is 9-1 when leading at the half.
  • Since SEC play began in the 1933 season, UK has a 913-256 league mark (.781 winning percentage).
  • Other than Kentucky, only Alabama has more than 700 SEC wins.
  • Since the 2010 season, the only BCS school with a higher conference winning percentage than UK is Kansas.
  • KU is 61-9 in the Big 12 (.871 winning percentage), while the 'Cats are 54-14 (.794) in league play since 2010.
  • The 'Cats are 12-0 when winning the points in the paint battle, and 11-2 when scoring more second chance points.
  • Kentucky is 2-1 in games played on Tuesday, and 3-3 when playing on the ESPN family of networks.
  • Yesterday marked the anniversary of Jodie Meeks' dropping 54 on UT in Knoxville in 2009. That same season, Meeks set the single-game UK record for most points scored against Arkansas with 45.
  • On average, UK is outscoring its opponents by just over three points between the 10:00 minute and 5:00 minute marks of the second half.
  • The Wildcats own an all-time 579-195 January record; 28-5 under John Calipari.
  • Kentucky is 21-7 when ranked No. 14 by the AP.
  • Three Wildcats have scored 25-plus points in a game this season -- Randle has accomplished the feat twice, netting 29 versus Belmont and 27 against Michigan State; Aaron Harrison recorded 28 points against Robert Morris, and James Young twice poured in 26 points, first against Texas-Arlington, and later against Mississippi State in UK's SEC opener.

Thanks for reading and Go 'Cats!

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