There is nothing in the world like college basketball. The no. 13 Kentucky Wildcats found that out the hard way as they fell to the Arkansas Razorbacks in spectacular fashion due to a Michael Qualls dunk to finish the game in overtime by a score of 87-85.
Arkansas was coming off a disappointing loss to the Florida Gators in overtime that brought their record to 0-2 in SEC play, but saved their season with the win over Kentucky. The win now brings the Razorbacks’ record to 12-4 with wins over decent mid-range teams like the Clemson Tigers and Minnesota Golden Gophers.
The win over the Wildcats puts them back in the discussion for the 2014 NCAA Tournament and gives them a huge confidence boost moving forward.
Kentucky will be disappointed to lose, but the loss doesn’t hurt them much in the long run. As long as they defeat the weaker SEC teams, they should make the 2014 NCAA Tournament. One loss in the regular season rarely devastates a team, especially one of Kentucky’s talent.
The SEC is crazy, and Arkansas proved that once again. Expect a huge push by the Razorbacks to make it to the 2014 NCAA Tournament and at least a top seed in the NIT. Arkansas is young, talented and now a dark horse to win the SEC.
However, don’t count out the Wildcats just yet. The SEC is talented all around, and it would have been difficult for Kentucky to go undefeated throughout conference play. The tough loss to a good team away from home could inspire the Wildcats to focus, making them even more dangerous down the road.
Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for RantSports.com and a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.