Kentucky vs. Arkansas Pick
Can Kentucky avoid another loss when it hits the road tonight to face Arkansas at 9PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Arkansas is favored at home, as the Razorbacks are getting odds of -5.5 points against Kentucky. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 153 points. Tonight’s game takes place from Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Arkansas and will air live on ESPN.
Kentucky snapped a four-game losing streak this weekend with an 81-71 win over Alabama. The Wildcats are 18-9 overall, 7-7 in the SEC and 11-16 against the spread. UK is averaging 75.8 points per game on offense while allowing 70.7 per contest. Kevin Knox is putting up 15.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game to lead Kentucky this season. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is adding 12.7 points and 4.5 assists per contest.
Arkansas has won four straight games coming into tonight, including a 94-75 win over Texas A&M on Saturday. The Razorbacks are now 19-8 overall, 8-6 in the SEC and 14-13 against the spread. Arkansas is putting up 82.8 points per game on offense while giving up 75.1 per contest. Jaylen Barford is leading Arkansas this season with 18.6 points per game while Daryl Macon is adding 17 points and 4 assists per contest.
Kentucky has won five straight meetings with Arkansas, covering the spread in all five wins as well. All five have also been by double digits, but the two have yet to meet this season. Kentucky has struggled on the road, going 3-5 overall and against the spread. Their youthful mistakes will be a problem against an Arkansas team that is 14-1 at home and averages 85 points per game on its home floor. The Razorbacks should be too strong on offense for the Wildcats, who just can’t seem to find their stride this season. The public betting is nearly split on this game, but I like Arkansas at home.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREDICTIONS: ARKANSAS -5.5