John Calipari gets ejected, Kentucky survives to beat Arkansas

Ruben Hill
January 21, 2020

Ten different Southeastern Conference players have scored 30 or more points in a game this season - and three of them play for Arkansas, the team United Kingdom plays Saturday afternoon looking for a road win.

Nick Richards led the Cats with 17 points.

Kentucky (13-4, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) had five players score in double figures. Starting guards Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley and Tyrese Maxey combined for 22 of Kentucky's 43 rebounds, Quickley leading the team with a career-high 10. Whitt added 14 and Joe 13 points.

Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne directed the Wildcats from the bench after coach John Calipari drew two technical fouls with 8:19 left, resulting in an automatic ejection.

"I think we're a good defensive team", Payne said. "But these kids are resilient".

Jones then made three free throws to give the Razorbacks their first lead since the opening minutes. After Calipari was ejected, the Wildcats went on a 17-5 run.

But he was surely also steamed that his team had surrendered yet another double-digit lead and let Arkansas seize control of the momentum and energy inside a sold-out Bud Walton Arena on Saturday.

Quickley made a 3-pointer and Keion Brooks Jr. scored to make it 61-49 with 2:44 left. Well, that's what we did.

"Certainly the 3-ball for us is pretty beneficial when you can get three instead of two", Musselman said.

Kentucky held Arkansas to a season-low 33.3% shooting (19 of 57).

Sophomore guard Isaiah Joe, who leads the Razorbacks with 66 3-point baskets, was 3 of 11 against the Wildcats.

"I thought we played hard", Musselman said. "But look, this one hurts".

Kentucky was coming off an 81-78 loss at SC on Wednesday night. It likely will drop a few spots when the next poll comes out. The referees ejected him, Arkansas went to the foul line and hit 3-of-4 technical free throws, and took a 47-44 lead over the Cats.

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