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LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) -- Former Kentucky forward Adou Thiero will be joining his former coach at Arkansas next season.

Thiero, who entered the transfer portal last month after Calipari left for the Razorbacks, joins former teammate Zvonimir Ivisic, who also transferred to Arkansas to join Calipari's first squad there.

"I started with coach Cal and want to see it through with him," Thiero told ESPN. "(I'm) very excited to join the family and ready to get to work."

Thiero's father, Almamy, has ties to Calipari and played for the Arkansas coach while at Memphis.

"BBN family, thank you for the love and support you showed to our son in Lexington," Alamamy said in a social media post. "Good luck next season."

Thiero is looking forward to working with Kenny Payne, who joined Calipari's staff at Arkansas.

"(Coach Calipari is) known for putting guys in the NBA that also stay in the NBA and coach Kenny Payne, who is now with him again, was also there for some of those years," Thiero said. "After already playing for him and developing after two years, I feel that he knows my game and will put me in the right position to succeed and achieve my goals."

The 6-foot-8 Thiero chose the Razorbacks over a return to Kentucky, Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Indiana. He averaged 7.2 points and five rebounds per game for the Wildcats last season.

Calipari added Chin Coleman and Chuck Martin, both former assistant coaches at Kentucky last season, to his staff last weekend.

Baseball

The Kentucky baseball team defeated Arkansas 18-7 on Sunday to win the second game of a three-game series. The Wildcats (35-10, 18-6 Southeastern Conference) are alone in first place of the league standings with six games remaining in the regular season.

The Wildcats are one game ahead of Arkansas and Tennessee in the conference standings.

Kentucky will play four games on the road this week with a mid-week encounter against Xavier on Tuesday in Cincinnati. The Wildcats will take on Florida in a three-game series Friday in Gainesville.

Tennis

Kentucky (26-2) defeated Illinois in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and advances to the second round for the second straight season. The Wildcats defeated Illinois 4-3 and will take on Harvard in the Super Regionals Saturday in Lexington.

Results were as follows:

Doubles

No. 12 Heck/Ozolins (ILL) def. No. 4 Lapadat/Mercer (UK): 6-2

Baadi/Loutit (UK) vs. Horve/Okonkwo (ILL): 4-4, unfinished

Debru/Miyoshi (ILL) def. Stephenson/Weekes (UK): 6-2

Singles

No. 28 Taha Baadi (UK) def. No. 26 Karlis Ozolins (ILL): 6-3, 6-1

No. 80 Joshua Lapadat (UK) def. No. 46 Hunter Heck (ILL): 7-6(5), 6-2

No. 95 Kenta Miyoshi (ILL) def. Jaden Weekes (UK): 6-1, 6-4

Alex Petrov (ILL) def. Charlelie Cosnet (UK): 6-3, 6-4

Jack Loutit (UK) def. Oliver Okonkwo (ILL): 1-6, 6-2, 6-4

Eli Stephenson (UK) def. Lucas Horve (ILL): 6-2, 6-4

Softball

The Wildcats (30-21, 8-17 SEC) will be a No. 12 seed in the Southeastern Conference and will play 13th-seeded Ole Miss in a play-in game set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Jane B. Moore Stadium at Auburn.

The winner will take on No. 5 seed Missouri on Wednesday. Tennessee is the top seed, followed by Florida (No. 2 seed), Texas A&M (third) and Arkansas (No. 4).

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