Kentucky whips Arkansas: Highlights, Box Score and Recap

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He had six rebounds, two assists and two steals to go with his 20 points. It's a 180-degree turn from playing the well-drilled Zags, who suffered through a rare pedestrian regular season in 2016 before turning it on in March and are the top seed in the West a year later.

Win some of those- especially a February 11th 9-point loss to the Wildcats in Tuscaloosa, Alabama that saw the Crimson Tide shoot a season-low 34.6 percent from the line (nine of 26)- and Alabama could return home with a reasonable expectation of receiving the program's first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament since 2012.

Arkansas is making its 31st appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its second appearance in a three-year span for the first time in nine years. The Tide outrebounded SC 43-28 and led for all but 40 seconds of the game. You know what happened next.

That position is a near-lock to be the first 15-loss team ever taken as an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament. He completed the old-school three-point play, and Kentucky led by five.

The Cats and Norse will be the fourth game of the day in Indianapolis with a tip time following the 7:10 p.m. game.

Northern advanced to the NCAA Tournament by claiming last week's Horizon League Tournament championship in Detroit with victories over Wright State (82-77), Youngstown State (84-74) and Milwaukee (59-53).

The Wildcats, by their incredibly high standards, have not had an incredible year. Alabama now boasts the No. 5 recruiting class in the country according to 247's composite rankings, and Ohio State transfer Daniel Giddens will also be eligible to play next season after sitting out this one according to NCAA transfer rules.

NOTES: Kentucky now holds a 9-1 record against Arkansas in the SEC Tournament, including a 4-0 mark in the championship game. (Kentucky won 72-68 in a game that was tied with 6 minutes left). The victor would likely play No. 1 seed North Carolina on Sunday. It's little surprise they finished the SEC tournament with a dominating performance, too.

Veteran coach John Calipari won his only NCAA title with the Anthony Davis-led Wildcats in 2012.

In Tubby Smith's final good season at United Kingdom - by local standards - the Cats appeared to be well on their way to a 1 seed, taking a 23-3 record and No. 3 national ranking to Florida for the regular-season finale. The Razorbacks entered SEC play with solid non-conference wins over Houston, UT-Arlington and fellow tournament team Mount St. Mary's.

Last season, Wichita State bounced Vanderbilt in the First Four play-in game of 11th seeds. They get early round games close to home, though are in a Kansas City Regional with No. 1 seed Kansas.

With UK down by three points in the final seconds, a hectic final possession ended with the ball in Patrick Sparks' hands at the top of the key, and the Wildcats guard let fly a double-clutch attempt at the buzzer. That's a 5-point swing right there. The time of the game and the network will be announced later in the week. Fox tops in steals with 1.4 per game.



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