4:00 PM ET, January 23, 2010
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Less than three months into his first season coaching the nation's all-time winningest program, John Calipari is poised to make good on his pledge to return Kentucky basketball to "its rightful place at the top of the mountain."Any old win Saturday likely would have restored No. 2 Kentucky to the top of The Associated Press poll for the first time since 2003. However, the Wildcats got a dominating one, cruising 101-70 past Arkansas and former UK alumnus John Pelphrey."They just hit a buzz saw today," Calipari said. "I think we would have smashed anyone in the country today. That's not arrogance, but that's as good as we've played for the first 20 minutes. We would have beaten a lot of teams today."
• The 31-point margin was the worst in SEC history for Arkansas.
• Darius Miller had a career-high 18 points as Kentucky improved to 19-0.The Wildcats will likely be the No. 1 team in the polls on Monday, a position they haven't held since early in the 2003-04 season.
• John Calipari will become the second coach in history to take three schools to a No. 1 ranking, joining Frank McGuire.
• Arkansas lost its 10th straight game against Kentucky and seventh in a row in Lexington.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||22-72 (.306)||37-77 (.481)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-16 (.188)||10-33 (.303)|
|FT Made-Attempted||23-29 (.793)||17-25 (.680)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||21 (0/0)|
|Kentucky leads 9-2|
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