LEXINGTON, Ky- It was a tale of two halves for Kentucky and it all started with defensive intensity. The Cats went from giving Arkansas open shots, to no easy looks. They went from turning the ball over at an alarming rate, to protecting the ball exceptionally. One thing was consistent in both halves. That would be Tyler Herro, who scored a game-high 29 in Kentucky’s 70-66 win.
After Arkansas led by 15 early in the second, Kentucky’s defense clamped down. The Razorbacks had only turned it over once all game, and from there Kentucky began denying the ball making scoring tough for Arkansas.
The defensive pressure led to a tired Arkansas team that lost Tyler Herro from time to time, and when you do that, he will make the opposition pay. Herro was 9-10 from the floor and 5-6 from deep.
Nick Richards also had a great game for Kentucky with seven points, 15 rebounds and three blocks. Kentucky’s guards must be given credit as well. The Wildcats turned it over 12 times in the first half, and only coughed it up three times in half number two.
P.J. Washington failed to reach double figures for the first time in over a month. He finished with nine points ending a 12 game streak of 10+.