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Arkansas Razorbacks @ Kentucky Wildcats: Open Game Thread

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The Kentucky Wildcats return from a two-game road trip to face the Arkansas Razorbacks this afternoon in Rupp Arena.

Game particulars are as follows, courtesy of

Date & Time Sat., Jan 23, 4:00 p.m
Coverage TV: SEC Network
Radio: BBSN
GameTracker GameTracker
Online Audio listen
Live Video via ESPN360
Location Rupp Arena
Lexington, Ky.

The big deal about this game is simple: Win, and Kentucky ascends to #1 in the nation in the polls for the first time in fourteen years.

More after the jump.

What UK needs to do to win:

  • Guard Rotnei Clarke. He is the only Razorback player who can hurt us from three.
  • Stay in front of Courtney Fortson. If he gets in the lane, he can really hurt Kentucky.
  • Get the ball inside at every opportunity. Arkansas is not talented enough to handle DeMarcus Cousins or Patrick Patterson.
  • Take care of the glass on both ends.

What Kentucky must avoid:

  • Allowing Rotnei Clarke to get open looks. He has almost unlimited range.
  • Allowing Arkansas to win the offensive glass.
  • Allowing easy entry into the post. Arkansas has capable post scorers in Michael Washington and Marshawn Powell.
  • Fail to build on a lead. One of these days, letting someone up off the mat is likely to bit the Wildcats.

Kentucky has a chance here to erase a ton of bad karma by getting back to #1 in the country. All the unranked seasons, the short tournaments, the lack of respect can be erased by winning this game and getting to 19-0.

Nobody believes that UK can go undefeated in the regular season. I would love to prove them wrong, at least for a few more games. Make 'em sweat it out.

Go, 'CATS!