LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Darius Miller had a career-high 18 points
and DeMarcus Cousins got his 10th double-double as No. 2 Kentucky
coasted by Arkansas 101-70 Saturday.
The Wildcats kept alive the nation's only unblemished record and
a near certain return to the top of the college basketball
Kentucky (19-0, 4-0 SEC) hasn't topped The Associated Press poll
since 2003, but that streak is almost certain to end Monday
courtesy of its dominating victory over UK alumnus John Pelphrey's
Razorbacks, and top-ranked Texas' consecutive losses against Kansas
State and Connecticut.
This one was practically over by tipoff. Kentucky scored the
game's 10 points, stretched the lead to 30 by halftime, then added
the first 14 points of the second half.
With that much margin for error, the Wildcats easily avoided the
kind of second half letdown that made recent wins over Georgia and
Auburn much closer than anticipated. Arkansas (8-11, 1-3) did make
an 18-3 run midway through the second half, but by that time,
Kentucky had plenty of cushion to withstand it.
The Wildcats' largest lead was 46 after John Wall hit a jumper
with 14 minutes left. The Razorbacks got it no closer than 92-62
with under 4 minutes to go.
Arkansas was led by Courtney Fortson's 21 points, but it wasn't
nearly enough to keep up with the Wildcats' scoring barrage.
They ended the first half and began the second on a 21-0 run,
including a 3-pointer by Ramon Harris at the halftime buzzer and
later consecutive 3s by Miller.
Miller connected on four of six attempts from long range.
Cousins, who finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds, secured
his double-double just seconds into the second half. He probably
would have gotten it even sooner but was sidelined for all but nine
minutes of the first half with a minor injury.
Every bounce seemed to go Kentucky's way in this one - even on
the broken plays. Late in the first half, Patrick Patterson missed
badly on a reverse dunk attempt, but Wall was right there to dish
in the follow. Wall had 16 points and a game-high seven assists.
For the most part, the Wildcats relied on athleticism - not luck
- to overpower the Razorbacks.
Just 18 seconds in, Patterson hit a baseline jumper in what
turned out to be the game-winning basket. Cousins added a layup in
traffic, followed by a Wall's three-point play and the first
3-pointer of the game by Miller.
By the time Mike Washington ended the Kentucky run with a
three-point play, Arkansas' lone basket in 11 shots, the Wildcats'
lead was 10.
The win gave Kentucky coach John Calipari a 65th consecutive
victory against conference foes - including conference tournament
games, breaking the previous NCAA record set by former UK coach
Adolph Rupp from 1945-50.
Most of those victories were when Calipari coached Memphis,
which last week saw its streak of 64 such wins fall against UTEP.
Calipari tried to keep expectations low going into the Arkansas
game, joking, "What's going to happen the next day, we go to the
One thing that did concern him was the Wildcats have been
vulnerable against 3-point shooters this year, and Arkansas has one
of the nation's best of those in Rotnei Clarke. However, Clarke was
just 2-of-9 from beyond the arc and the Razorbacks managed just one
It was Kentucky's third 100-point effort of the season and first
in SEC play.
Pelphrey has now lost all three meetings against his alma mater
as an opposing coach.
No. 2 KENTUCKY 101, ARKANSAS 70
Washington 3-8 5-6 11, Powell 4-12 1-4 9, Fortson 5-17 10-12 21, Britt 0-1 0-0 0, Clarke 5-15 1-1 13, Farmer 1-4 0-0 2, Bryant 1-3 0-0 2, Welsh 0-5 6-6 6, Johnson 1-5 0-0 2, Nobles 2-2 0-0 4, Cox 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-72 23-29 70.
Cousins 7-10 2-2 16, Patterson 2-9 5-8 9, Miller 7-9 0-0 18, Wall 5-12 5-5 16, Bledsoe 5-9 0-1 10, Dodson 2-5 0-0 6, Hood 1-2 0-0 3, Harris 1-7 0-0 3, Krebs 0-2 0-0 0, Stevenson 2-3 2-2 6, Orton 2-2 2-3 6, Liggins 1-4 1-4 4, Harrellson 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 37-77 17-25 101.
Halftime-Kentucky 57-27. 3-Point Goals-Arkansas 3-16 (Clarke 2-9, Fortson 1-3, Britt 0-1, Bryant 0-1, Welsh 0-2), Kentucky 10-33 (Miller 4-6, Dodson 2-4, Hood 1-2, Wall 1-2, Liggins 1-3, Harris 1-6, Stevenson 0-1, Harrellson 0-1, Cousins 0-1, Patterson 0-2, Krebs 0-2, Bledsoe 0-3). Fouled Out-Washington. Rebounds-Arkansas 39 (Powell 8), Kentucky 59 (Cousins 14). Assists-Arkansas 6 (Fortson 3), Kentucky 19 (Wall 7). Total Fouls-Arkansas 19, Kentucky 21. A-24,356.