Kentucky Wildcats vs. Arkansas Razorbacks Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/27/14
Arkansas Razorbacks (18-9) at Kentucky Wildcats (21-6)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Rupp Arena)
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Kentucky Wildcats and the Arkansas Razorbacks face off on Thursday at Rupp Arena in SEC college basketball.
The Kentucky Wildcats have won six of their last seven games and they are in second place in the SEC standings. Kentucky is 11-3 in the SEC and 15-1 at home this season. Julius Randle leads the Wildcats averaging 15.7 points and 10.3 rebounds. James Young is averaging 14.6 points, Aaron Harrison is averaging 13.8 points, and Andrew Harrison is averaging 11.2 points. Kentucky is averaging 78.2 points and they are shooting 46.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.9 points and their opponents are shooting 39.6 percent. Kentucky is ranked 17th in the nation.
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The Arkansas Razorbacks have won their last three games and five of their last six as they look to make a run at making the NCAA Tournament. Arkansas is 7-7 in the SEC, 4-7 away from home, and 1-2 against teams ranked in the top 25. Bobby Portis leads the Razorbacks averaging 13.1 points and 6.6 rebounds. Rashad Madden is averaging 12.7 points, Michael Qualls is averaging 11.9 points, and Coty Clarke is averaging 9.0 points. Arkansas is averaging 80.5 points and they are shooting 44.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 70.5 points and their opponents are shooting 40.6 percent. Arkansas has a RPI of 67 and a strength of schedule of 81 so they absolutely need to win this one.
Kentucky is 4-0 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 0-4 against the spread in their last four Thursday games, and 6-2 against the spread against a team with a road winning percentage less than .400. Arkansas is 23-55 against the spread in their last in their last 88 road games, 18-37 against the spread following a win, and 19-50 against the spread in their last 69 road games against a team with a home winning percentage better than .600. The favorite has covered the point spread in six of the last seven meetings of these two.
This is a ton of points and I have to take them with Arkansas who has been strong of late.
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