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Kentucky vs. Arkansas game thread and pregame reading

The Cats look to end their three-game skid against an Arkansas team likely to make the NCAA Tournament.

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The Kentucky Wildcats are back in action tonight against the Arkansas Razorbacks. Game time is set for 7 pm ET on ESPN. It can be viewed online using WatchESPN and a free trial of fuboTV.

On Saturday night, the Big Blue Nation witnessed their beloved Wildcats suffer yet another painful conference loss dropping their season record to 5-12.

This time, it was on their home floor to a top-15 team and featured another predictable late-game collapse.

In a season full of misery, watching UK blow a second half double-digit lead to one of the best teams in the SEC may have been the low point.

Well we all knew that hopes of an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament was long gone so in reality the loss to Tennessee didn’t impact much.

The goal remains to win the SEC Tournament, but this team has to improve quickly for that idea to even be on the table.

The Razorbacks will travel to Lexington with a 14-5 record and fresh off a weekend of rest because their Saturday game against Texas A&M was postponed.

The last time the Hogs took the court, they executed a stellar defensive performance by holding Mississippi State to just 45 total points.

Arkansas has five players averaging double figures in scoring, led by freshman Moses Moody who pours in 16 a game along with grabbing nearly six rebounds. His 32 minutes per game are tops on the team. If you’re going to slow down a Razorback team averaging over 82 points per contest, it starts with containing Moses Moody.

At 6-4 in conference play, Arkansas is still one of the many teams in the SEC fighting for second place and chasing Alabama for the top spot.

Eric Musselman has done a solid job since taking over at Arkansas last season. Known to be a tenacious coach who pushes his players you can count on the Razorbacks walking into Rupp Arena ready to play tonight.

As far as Kentucky goes, they’ll remain without the services of Terrence Clarke, who’s likely out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury.

Can the Cats finally put together an entire 40-minute effort against a decent team?

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