FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- On sophomore guard Michael Qualls' flying follow dunk at the buzzer of Ky Madden's outside miss with :00.2 on the overtime clock, the Arkansas Razorbacks upended the 13th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats 87-85 before an 18,000-plus packed house at Walton Arena and an ESPN national audience.
It was Arkansas' second overtime game against a ranked team at Walton following Saturday's 84-82 loss to the currently seventh-ranked Florida Gators.
Kentucky freshman guard James Young had tied it 85-85 on a 3-pointer with 10.2 seconds left in the overtime before Madden took what he intended to be the last shot before Qualls' dramatic dunk.
Late regulation dramatics by Alandise Harris driving for an old fashioned and-one 3-point play and an Arkansas 74-71 lead with 9.2 seconds left countered by a Kentucky 3-pointer from Andrew Harrison off a pick and roll in the right corner tied it 74-74 with 1.2 seconds left to force the overtime.
Kentucky falls to 12-4, 2-1 in the SEC while Arkansas advances to 12-4, 1-2 in the SEC having previously lost at Texas A&M and at home to Florida.
Madden and Qualls led coach Mike Anderson's Razorbacks' scoring with 18 points each. Harris scored 12 and center Bobby Portis, also pivotal down the overtime stretch, scored 11.
Young and forward Julius Randle, two of Kentucky coach John Calipari's seven freshman McDonald's High School All-Americans, led the Wildcats with 23 and 20 points, respectively.
Kentucky led just once, 76-74 in overtime. Arkansas led twice by three.
Arkansas and Kentucky consumed an hour and 15 minutes to play the first half, which ended with Arkansas holding a 43-41.
Twenty-eight fouls were called in the first half, and some lengthy officiating huddles were needed to determine the severity of some of them.
Appropriately, senior guard Kikko Haydar hit two free throws to break a 41-41 tie with 13 seconds left before intermission.
The visiting Wildcats played for the half's last shot, but sophomore forward Alex Poythress turned it over, as time ran out.
Arkansas jumped to an 8-2 lead but Kentucky was up 20-17 with by 11:09. That was Kentucky's biggest lead of the half.
Arkansas jumped ahead by nine (37-28) but Kentucky erased that lead and tied the score with 1:08 left.
Kentucky dominated the boards 10-2 but the Razorbacks outscored the Wildcats, 14-4, on points off turnovers, committing just two turnovers to Kentucky's 10.
Young's 14 points led the Wildcats in the first half. freshman guard Aaron Harrison scored eight of Kentucky's first-half points.
Qualls, who was just 3-for-22 in Arkansas' SEC losses to Texas A&M and Florida, hit three of seven in the first half Tuesday and led Arkansas with nine points.
NOTES: Despite the 28 fouls called in the first half, no Razorback and no Wildcat accumulated more than two fouls before halftime. ...Both Arkansas coach Mike Anderson and Kentucky coach John Calipari believe their teams sport depth and it showed. Twelve Razorbacks played from three to 15 minutes in the first half, while 10 Wildcats played from four to 18 minutes.