In a high-scoring SEC battle on the road, the Arkansas Razorbacks came out on top with a decisive 88-73 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats.
The Razorbacks had a balanced scoring attack, with five players scoring in double figures. Junior guard Ricky Council IV led the charge with 20 points, while freshman guard Anthony Black added 19. Sophomore guards Davonte Davis and Makhel Mitchell each contributed 15 points and senior guard Jordan Walsh chipped in 13. The Razorbacks shot a scorching 72% (18-25) in the second half, helping them pull away for the win.
Kentucky, meanwhile, got big games from its freshmen stars Chris Livingston and Cason Wallace. Wallace had a standout performance with 24 points, five assists, three rebounds, three steals, and two blocked shots. Livingston had 13 points and five rebounds. The Wildcats also received 11 points from both Antonio Reeves and Jacob Topping, who added eight rebounds. Freshman Oscar Tshiebwe was limited to seven points and seven rebounds.
The Wildcats had a solid first half, shooting 53.13% (17-32) from the field and making 71.43% (5-7) of their free throw attempts. However, they struggled in the second half with a shooting percentage of 40.00% (12-30) from the field and 54.55% (6-11) from the line. Over the course of the game, Kentucky shot 46.77% (29-62) from the field and 61.11% (11-18) from the line.
Despite the loss, Kentucky will look to bounce back on Saturday when they visit the Georgia Bulldogs in another SEC matchup. Tipoff is set for noon ET and the game can be seen on ESPN.