SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Arkansas at Kentucky

Kentucky-Arkansas

Arkansas plays at Kentucky on Tuesday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a final score prediction.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Arkansas 0.445 0.324 0.662 282 933 424 214 129 373
Arkansas OPP 0.425 0.342 0.695 337 1041 354 169 86 450
Kentucky 0.480 0.359 0.747 328 1051 379 172 133 345
Kentucky OPP 0.403 0.348 0.693 254 792 293 150 79 370

Statistical Leaders

Arkansas Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Daniel Gafford 16.6 175 97 0
Isaiah Joe 14.1 121 45 93
Mason Jones 13.9 109 99 57
Jalen Harris 8.4 74 70 8
Adrio Bailey 5.9 64 30 2
Reggie Chaney 5.3 65 13 0
Keyshawn Embery-Simpson 4.6 42 18 21
Desi Sills 3.9 33 27 12
Gabe Osabuohien 3.2 31 19 5

Arkansas Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Daniel Gafford 77 164 241 8.9
Mason Jones 14 95 109 4.0
Reggie Chaney 32 63 95 3.5
Adrio Bailey 25 61 86 3.2
Gabe Osabuohien 35 41 76 2.8
Jalen Harris 14 61 75 2.8
Isaiah Joe 16 55 71 2.6
Keyshawn Embery-Simpson 7 27 34 1.3
Desi Sills 10 22 32 1.2
Ethan Henderson 2 4 6 0.8
Jordan Phillips 1 4 5 0.7

Kentucky Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PJ Washington 15.2 148 85 30
Tyler Herro 13.7 130 63 46
Keldon Johnson 13.6 123 86 36
Reid Travis 11.3 99 89 6
Ashton Hagans 7.6 75 47 9
Immanuel Quickley 5.5 42 44 21
EJ Montgomery 4.2 48 15 2
Nick Richards 3.5 35 25 0

Kentucky Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
PJ Washington 69 144 213 7.9
Reid Travis 68 111 179 6.9
Keldon Johnson 33 121 154 5.7
Tyler Herro 11 108 119 4.4
EJ Montgomery 48 59 107 4.0
Nick Richards 39 41 80 3.0
Ashton Hagans 14 46 60 2.2
Immanuel Quickley 1 44 45 1.7
Jemarl Baker Jr. 1 11 12 0.6
Quade Green 3 9 12 1.3
Jonny David 1 0 1 0.1

NCAA RPI

Arkansas: 77
Kentucky: 5

Arkansas Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#0 Desi Sills G 6′-2″ 196 FR Jonesboro, AR
#1 Isaiah Joe G 6′-5″ 167 FR Fort Smith, AR
#2 Adrio Bailey F 6′-6″ 222 JR Campti, LA
#3 Khalil Garland G 6′-5″ 198 FR Little Rock, AR
#4 Emeka Obukwelu F 6′-8″ 235 JR Plano, TX
#5 Jalen Harris G 6′-2″ 166 JR Wilson, NC
#10 Daniel Gafford F 6′-11″ 233 SO El Dorado, AR
#11 Keyshawn Embery-Simpson G 6′-3″ 202 FR Midwest City, OK
#12 Ty Stevens G 6′-2″ 180 SO Republic, MO
#13 Mason Jones G 6′-5″ 207 SO Warner, OK
#15 Jonathan Holmes G 5′-10″ 190 JR Columbia, IL
#22 Gabe Osabuohien F 6′-8″ 221 SO Toronto, ON
#23 Ibrahim Ali F 6′-10″ 244 FR Maumelle, AR
#24 Ethan Henderson F 6′-8″ 210 FR Little Rock, AR
#25 Jordan Phillips G 6′-7″ 209 FR Fort Worth, TX
#35 Reggie Chaney F 6′-8″ 222 FR Tulsa, OK

Kentucky Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#2 Ashton Hagans G 6′-3″ 192 FR Cartersville, GA
#3 Keldon Johnson G 6′-6″ 211 FR South Hill, VA
#4 Nick Richards F 6′-11″ 244 SO Kingston, Jamaica
#5 Immanuel Quickley G 6′-3″ 185 FR Havre De Grace, MD
#10 Jonny David G 6′-2″ 188 SR Pittsburgh, PA
#12 Brad Calipari G 6′-0″ 179 JR Franklin Lakes, NJ
#13 Jemarl Baker G 6′-4″ 192 FR Menifee, CA
#14 Tyler Herro G 6′-5″ 195 FR Milwaukee, WI
#21 Zan Payne G 6′-4″ 240 FR Lexington, KY
#22 Reid Travis F 6′-8″ 238 SR Minneapolis, MN
#23 EJ Montgomery F 6′-10″ 225 FR Fort Pierce, FL
#25 PJ Washington F 6′-8″ 228 SO Dallas, TX

Arkansas Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Nov 9* at Texas L 73-71
12-Nov vs UC Davis W 81-58
18-Nov vs Indiana W 73-72
21-Nov vs Montana State W 90-68
23-Nov vs UT Arlington W 78-60
1-Dec vs FIU W 121-89
5-Dec at Colorado State W 67-60
8-Dec vs W Kentucky L 78-77
Dec 15* vs UTSA W 79-67
19-Dec vs Georgia Tech L 69-65
22-Dec vs Texas State W 73-70
28-Dec vs Austin Peay W 76-65
5-Jan at Texas A&M W 73-71
9-Jan vs Florida L 57-51
12-Jan vs LSU L 94-88
15-Jan at Tennessee L 106-87
19-Jan at Ole Miss L 84-67
23-Jan vs Missouri W 72-60
26-Jan at Texas Tech L 67-64
29-Jan vs Georgia W 70-60
2-Feb at LSU W 90-89
5-Feb vs Vanderbilt W 69-66
9-Feb at South Carolina L 77-65
12-Feb at Missouri L 79-78
16-Feb vs Mississippi State L 77-67
20-Feb at Auburn L 79-56
23-Feb vs Texas A&M L 87-80
26-Feb at Kentucky
2-Mar vs Ole Miss
6-Mar at Vanderbilt
9-Mar vs Alabama

Kentucky Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Nov 6* vs Duke L 118-84
9-Nov vs S Illinois W 71-59
14-Nov vs North Dakota W 96-58
18-Nov vs VMI W 92-82
21-Nov vs Winthrop W 87-74
23-Nov vs Tennessee St W 77-62
28-Nov vs Monmouth W 90-44
1-Dec vs UNCG W 78-61
Dec 8* at Seton Hall L 84-83
15-Dec vs Utah W 88-61
Dec 22* at UNC W 80-72
29-Dec at Louisville W 71-58
5-Jan at Alabama L 77-75
8-Jan vs Texas A&M W 85-74
12-Jan vs Vanderbilt W 56-47
15-Jan at Georgia W 69-49
19-Jan at Auburn W 82-80
22-Jan vs Mississippi State W 76-55
26-Jan vs Kansas W 71-63
29-Jan at Vanderbilt W 87-52
2-Feb at Florida W 65-54
5-Feb vs South Carolina W 76-48
9-Feb at Mississippi State W 71-67
12-Feb vs LSU L 73-71
16-Feb vs Tennessee W 86-69
19-Feb at Missouri W 66-58
23-Feb vs Auburn W 80-53
26-Feb vs Arkansas
2-Mar at Tennessee
5-Mar at Ole Miss
9-Mar vs Florida

Arkansas-Kentucky Prediction

When Mike Anderson was hired at the University of Arkansas, he was hired to make this game against Kentucky the kind of main event it was 25 years ago, when Nolan Richardson and Rick Pitino would match wits. Arkansas-Kentucky never truly regained this kind of status, which neatly explains why the Anderson era has been an object failure. This should normally be a game of great importance in the SEC. It used to be the league’s game of the year. Now, it looks like a complete mismatch, with Arkansas stumbling along and Kentucky being its normal self, fighting for an SEC championship and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Even with the injury to Reid Travis, Kentucky has ample resources and multiple ways to win. Arkansas has no such versatility. This game is going to end in only one way, which is a commentary on the state of the Hogs. Kentucky 68, Arkansas 48. (Matt Zemek)

This game tips off at 8:00 PM CT (9:00 PM ET). TV: SEC NETWORK.

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