LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - UK coach John Calipari remained upbeat after his team fell at Arkansas in overtime Tuesday night. Michael Qualls slammed a rebound through the basket just before the buzzer sounded to give the Razorbacks an 87-85 victory. Calipari said he was proud his team never quit.
Kentucky was able to tie the game on a 3-pointer by Andrew Harrison in the closing seconds of regulation. A 3-pointer by James Young tied the game at 85 just before Qualls' game winning slam.
The game could have turned on several plays including a loose ball in overtime. "Should have Dominique in instead of Jarrod, that's my mistake." said Calipari. "Dominique would have came up with that ball on the floor. That was a basket. Dominique would have wiped the whole team out and three officials and would have got that ball. That's not Jarrod's fault, that's my fault, that should have been him in the game. But lets give Arkansas credit, they didn't go away either, they had a chance to fold and we kept playing at them. They played well, I'm proud of my team that they didn't quit, they kept playing."
Trying to win its second straight SEC road game, Kentucky played from behind most of the night. "We executed, that gave us a chance when we went down three, you know stuff that we've worked on, we did, we got the shot we wanted."
On the final play, no one blocked out Qualls. James Young was on one side of the basket, Andrew Harrison on the other. "Ya know the last shot the kid watched." Calipari said. "My guy watched and the guy ran by him and dunked it. Well ya know what, he's a freshman, that's what freshmen do."
Kentucky returns to action Saturday against Tennessee. Tipoff will be at Noon on WKYT. Game Time Wildcat Warm-up will begin at 11:30 a.m.