SEC Championship Pick

SEC Championship Pick: Can Kentucky cover 8.5 points vs. Arkansas? 3/12/17

Will No. 8 Kentucky be challenged by a surging Arkansas team when the two meet in the SEC Tournament championship today at 1PM ET?

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Kentucky is the favorite in this game, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -8.5 points. The over/under total for the game has yet to be set. These two met just once this season, with Kentucky getting a 97-71 win at home on Jan. 7. Today’s game will be held from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Kentucky grinded out a 79-74 win over Alabama for its 10th straight win. The Wildcats are now 28-5 on the season. They are 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 as well and sit at 17-16 ATS on the season. UK averages 86.1 points per game on offense while allowing 71.8 on defense. Malik Monk is averaging 20.6 points per game to lead the team while De’Aaron Fox is adding 15.7 points per contest.

Arkansas was able to stop the momentum of Vanderbilt on Saturday, beating the Commodores 76-62 despite being a 3.5-point underdog. The Razorbacks are now 25-8 on the season and they have improved to 17-14 against the spread on the season after going 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games. Arkansas is now averaging 80.2 points per game on offense while allowing 73.8 on defense. Dusty Hannahs is leading the squad with 14.6 points per game while Daryl Macon is putting up 13.3 points per contest.

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Kentucky is the better team, but the Wildcats have been playing to their competition for the most part. Even in their win over Georgia, they covered by ½ a point. Arkansas looked really strong against a hot Vanderbilt team on Saturday. That should boost the Razorbacks confidence and allow them to compete with the Wildcats today.

 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: ARKANSAS +8.5

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