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Big Blue Links: Kentucky basketball needs sense of urgency at Arkansas

Arkansas coach Mike Anderson leads his Razorbacks against visiting Kentucky on Thursday night.
Arkansas coach Mike Anderson leads his Razorbacks against visiting Kentucky on Thursday night. The Associated Press

Big Blue Links for Thursday:

▪ My column says that Arkansas might not be a big game for Kentucky, but it would sure be a big win. The Cats have never been 3-3 in the SEC under John Calipari.

▪ Mike Anderson thinks that Kentucky will get better, reports Eric Bolin of the Arkansas News. “They were like No. 1 or 2 in the country at the beginning of the year. People have come right at them. People will continue to take their shots at them. But I think what that does, that makes them even better as we get into conference play.”

▪ Seth Greenberg questions Kentucky’s chemistry, reports Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader. The ESPN analyst sees holes in the Cats’ roster.

▪ The road trip to Arkansas starts a stretch of two games in 48 hours for the Cats, reports Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader. Kentucky returns home to face Vanderbilt at 4 p.m. on Saturday. That is if the predicted snow storm allows that game to take place, of course.

▪ Speaking of Vanderbilt, the Commodores breezed past Tennessee in Knoxville on Wednesday night, reports Matt Slovin of the Tennessean. After starting 0-3 in the SEC, Vandy has won three straight.

▪ Kentucky focusing on “winning plays” in practice, reports Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal. It was the lack of winning plays that caused the Cats to blow a 12-point lead at Auburn.

▪ Skal Labissiere taking advice from Alex Poythress, reports Metz Camfield of CoachCal.com. Poythress had to deal with high expectations when he arrived at UK.

▪ Empty possessions doom Missouri in loss to Georgia, reports Steve Walentik of the Columbia Daily Tribune. Missouri visits UK next Wednesday at Rupp Arena.

▪ Another Missouri comeback falls short, reports Tod Palmer of the Kansas City Star.

▪ Kentucky women hope to avoid doable errors at Ole Miss, reports Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader.

▪ Kentucky men face an urgency to improve, reports Gary Graves of the AP. "We just have to play games the way we play in practice," said freshman guard Jamal Murray, Kentucky's top scorer at 17.8 points per game. “It comes down to how much we want it as a team, and how well we jell together.”

▪ Louisville rolls over Florida State 84-65, reports Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal. It was U of L’s best offensive performance of the ACC season to date.

▪ Quentin Snider has a big game for the Cards, writes Eric Crawford of WDRB. The sophomore guard scored 20 points, hitting eight of 12 shots from the floor.

▪ Kentucky’s football commits are receiving some national recognition, reports Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader. The Cats did lose one commitment, however.

▪ Florida football may hold its spring game under lights, reports Robbie Andreu of the Gainesville Sun.

Kentucky-Arkansas last 10 meetings

Date

Opponent

UK

OPP

Dec

2/23/08

Arkansas

63

58

W

2/14/09

@Arkansas

79

63

W

1/23/10

Arkansas

101

70

W

2/23/11

@Arkansas

76

77

L*

1/17/12

Arkansas

86

63

W

3/2/13

@Arkansas

60

73

L

1/14/14

@Arkansas

85

87

L*

2/27/14

Arkansas

67

71

L*

2/28/15

Arkansas

84

67

W

3/15/15

vsArkansas (sec)

78

63

W

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