LEXINGTON, Ky. -- And now the Wildcats will be No. 1.
There was never a minute of doubt about that Saturday in Rupp Arena. Kentucky led Arkansas 7-0 when Razorbacks coach John Pelphrey called timeout after 1:16. Then it was 10-0, then seemingly 100-0.
The last unbeaten team in Division I college basketball finished off the mauling, 101-70, handing the Hogs their worst loss since joining the SEC in 1991. Kentucky did virtually everything right, while Arkansas did virtually everything wrong. It was a total mismatch.
Darius Miller, often overlooked in the UK constellation of stars, led the Cats with a career-high 18 points. He made four 3-pointers while being left all alone on the arc. John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins both chipped in 16 points, and Eric Bledsoe had 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Bledsoe also was largely responsible for locking down Arkansas shooter Rotnei Clark, who went 25 minutes without hitting a 3-pointer and finished 2-for-9 beyond the arc.