Losing via a last second bucket sucks. Losing via a last second bucket to a conference opponent is heartbreaking. Losing last second to a conference opponent on the road and said bucket comes from a put back dunk must taste like the world’s most sour slice of humble pie.
Just ask no. 13 Kentucky.
With the smell of conference play in full swing, close games tend to become status quo. Big Blue found themselves in overtime versus Arkansas, and on the surface, a James Young three pointer had all the makings of a second frame of free basketball with an 85-85 tie. With no timeouts and essentially playing with house money, Razorback Michael Qualls instantly catapulted himself to campus legend (at least for a week).
That’s because Qualls – his team’s leading scorer who entered the game shooting a paltry 13.6% in SEC play – crashed the boards on a missed three and dunked the rock resulting in the game winning shot. While he’s not Chris Davis at Auburn-like iconic, Qualls’ 18 points and Razorbacks victory does work wonders in giving Arkansas some sort of credibility towards being ranked heading into next week.
James Young’s 23 points and six rebounds and Julius Randle’s 20 points and 14 rebounds led the Wildcats in the losing effort. That commotion you hear in the distance? Just the legion of Kentucky haters chest bumping and using every four-letter word in the dictionary to describe John Calipari.
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