Kentucky Wildcats vs Arkansas Razorbacks Prediction, Pick and Preview, February 26 (2/26): NCAAB

Kentucky Wildcats vs Arkansas Razorbacks Prediction, Pick and Preview, February 26 (2/26): NCAAB

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Odds
Time 2:00 p.m. EST
Kentucky money line +125
Kentucky spread +2.5
Arkansas money line -150
Arkansas spread -2.5
Over / under 147.5

 

2021-2022 season stats
  Kentucky Wildcats Arkansas Razorbacks
Record 23-5 22-6
Road / home record 5-4 15-1
Streak L1 W1
Points per game 80.57 77.50
Points allowed per game 65.29 67.36
Rebounds per game 38.53 37.79
Rebounds allowed per game 28.58 33.35
Over / under record 13-15 15-13

 

Preview

The Kentucky Wildcats hit the road and will visit the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday. This is the first time these teams face off this season.

KENTUCKY WILDCATS

#6 Kentucky are undefeated at home this season but only 5-4 on the road. They score 80.5 points and have outscored opponents by 15.6 points per game. Oscar Tshiebwe is averaging 16.4 points per game to lead Kentucky and shoots 59.5%, while TyTy Washington Jr is the second leading scorer with an average of 12.4 points per game and is shooting 47.7%.

Kentucky's defense is allowing an average of 65.3 points per game which is 68th in the nation. The Wildcats are holding opponents to an average of 40.5% shooting overall and 30.1% shooting from three-point land which are 40th and 33rd respectively.

INJURIES: TyTy Washington Jr and Shavir Wheeler are questionable and unlikely to play.

ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS

#18 Arkansas are 15-1 at home this season and are 3rd in the SEC, where they're 11-4. JD Notae leads Arkansas with 18.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. He is joined in double figures by Stanley Umude, Jaylin Williams and Au’Diese Toney.

The Razorbacks have won 12 of their last 13 games including an overtime win against #3 Auburn, they need to win this game to continue on the race for the SEC title.

BETTING TRENDS

Kentucky are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kentucky's last 6 games.

Arkansas are 9-0 ATS in their last 9 games.

Arkansas are 7-0 SU in their last 7 games at home.

Prediction

Kentucky is one of the best teams right now, but they've struggled on the road winning 5 of 9 games and covering the spread only the 36% of the time. They're also 1-4 as +1 to +4.5 underdogs this season. The Wildcats will shorthanded if Washington Jr and Wheeler don't play. Arkansas are king covers lately having covered in 9 straight games. I think they'll be motivated at home and can get this win. 

PICK: Arkansas -2.5 (-110)

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