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Arkansas basketball team takes different path to familiar result

Razorbacks put up a fight against No. 6 Kentucky but ultimately lost 63-57. Coach Musselman praises team effort. Arkansas struggles offensively.

The University of Arkansas men's basketball team put up a fight against No. 6 Kentucky, but ultimately fell short in a 63-57 loss. Arkansas had been struggling in SEC games, with previous losses averaging 20.6 points. However, the team showed improved effort and defense in the game against Kentucky, which was a positive sign for Coach Musselman. Despite the loss, the Razorbacks displayed better chemistry and effort, with senior forward Chandler Lawson acknowledging the team's hustle. However, turnovers were still an issue, with 13 turnovers in the game. The Razorbacks' point guard play was also a concern, and the team acknowledged the need for improvement in that area.

Kentucky was led by senior guard Antonio Reeves, who scored 24 points, and freshman guard Reed Sheppard, who added 14 points. Despite a slow start, the Wildcats were able to heat up in the second half and secure the victory. The Razorbacks out-rebounded the Wildcats, with senior forward Makhi Mitchell having an impressive performance. Arkansas junior guard Tramon Mark also returned to the lineup after missing the previous game due to migraine headaches. However, the team was without sophomore forward Trevon Brazile, who was sidelined due to knee soreness, and senior guard Davonte Davis, who was absent from the game.

Kentucky coach John Calipari acknowledged the challenging defensive performance by Arkansas, holding the Wildcats 26.9 points under their average. Despite the loss, the Razorbacks had a strong showing and led for a significant portion of the game. Lawson expressed disappointment in falling short against Kentucky but emphasized the importance of capitalizing on every possession. Overall, the game showed improvement for Arkansas, and the team will look to build on this performance moving forward.

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