Kentucky Basketball narrowly escapes Arkansas Tuesday night after the Hogs gave the Wildcats a run for their money.
Kentucky Basketball looked asleep for most of the game Tuesday night. The Wildcats won 70-66 but had to make a 15 point comeback to get that victory.
It seemed like Kentucky was looking ahead to the rematch against Tennessee on Saturday. This late into the season, Kentucky cannot afford to lose a trap game, and it almost happened Tuesday night.
However, Tyler Herro wasn’t going to let that happen. He almost had a perfect game and couldn’t miss in the second half.
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Without Herro, Kentucky would have dropped this game.
Herro completed a career-high of five 3-pointers and 29 points. He sunk two free throws with five seconds left to bring a comeback out of reach for the Hogs. Herro shot 5-6 from the arc and 9-of-10 from the floor.
He made all five of his longs balls in the second half after he didn’t know that he would even be able to play.
Herro hurt his ankle in the opening half and it was uncertain if he would be able to play the rest of the game. Well, he did and boy did he light it up on the court.
Keldon Johnson scored 13 points, six rebounds, and three assists for the Wildcats. P.J. Washington scored nine points and six boards. Ashton Hagans led Kentucky with four assists. Nick Richards was the big man for the Wildcats as he recorded 15 rebounds.
Arkansas gave the Wildcats everything it had and stayed within a couple of possessions over the final seven minutes, but couldn’t stop Kentucky when it needed to.
The Hogs had three guys with at least 14 points. Isaiah Joe had 19 points and three assists. He also nailed 5-of-7 from the arc and shot 60 percent overall. Desi Sills scored 15 points and made four-of-eight from the floor.
Daniel Gafford was the other Hog that scored in double-figures. He scored 14 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks.
What helped Kentucky the most was its rebounding game. The Wildcats outrebounded the Hogs, 40-27. If the Hogs could have pulled down some more boards, Kentucky wouldn’t have come back, but it did.
The Wildcats also shot 54.5 percent in the second half to Arkansas’s 31 percent. In all honesty, this game could have gone either way because Kentucky was off its game.
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Kentucky squeaked by the Hogs and now have to face Tennessee in Knoxville on Saturday, March 2. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. ET on CBS. Who will win in the rematch? Will Tennessee get revenge from what happened in Lexington or will the Wildcats sweep the Vols? Find out on Saturday.