The Kentucky Wildcats narrowly escaped Arkansas with a 70-66 win on Tuesday night.
It was a game that saw the Razorbacks lead for much of the way in, but Kentucky made just enough plays down the stretch to escape with win No. 24 this season.
As you can imagine, that were a lot of different aspects in this game that could have easily been the difference in who won. One of them was free-throw shooting, where the Wildcats outscored the Hogs 22-10.
Kentucky attempted 32 free throws for the game compared to 15 attempts for Arkansas. That discrepancy had head coach Mike Anderson in a salty mood after the game.
“Difference in the game, I don’t think I’d take a rocket scientist, free throws,” said Anderson. “There’s the difference in the game.”
Anderson was also upset about monitor reviews not going in favor of Arkansas. Both were over reviews in which the refs had to determine if a ball went out of bounds off of Arkansas or Kentucky.
“I would get in trouble. I’ll say this, they both went against us. I can’t talk about officiating, 32 free throws.”
While it may look like there was a big discrepancy on paper, Arkansas actually committed 23 fouls compared to Kentucky’s 19. It just so happened that Kentucky shot more free throws when fouled.
Also, at the end of the game, the Hogs also fouled Kentucky on three-straight possessions to intentionally send them to the line. That accounted for six of those free throws.
Calipari seemed to think this is simply what his team does.
Calipari's eyes got big like "really?!" when he heard Mike Anderson complained a lot about officiating. Says getting fouled, MAKING more free throws than the other team SHOOTS is "what we do."— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) February 27, 2019