Arkansas vs. Kentucky - 2/20/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kentucky Wildcats (18-9) at Arkansas Razorbacks (19-8)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Bud Walton Arena)
The Line: Arkansas Razorbacks -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Kentucky Wildcats and Arkansas Razorbacks meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Bud Walton Arena.
The Kentucky Wildcats need a feel good victory after losing four of their last five games. The Kentucky Wildcats are averaging 75.8 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 70.7 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Kevin Knox is averaging 15.1 points and 5.5 rebounds while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 12.7 points and 4.5 assists. Hamidou Diallo is the third double-digit scorer and PJ Washington is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The Kentucky Wildcats are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. The Kentucky Wildcats are allowing 28.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.9 rebounds per game. The Kentucky Wildcats have lost four of their last five road games.
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The Arkansas Razorbacks look for another victory after winning seven of their last nine games. The Arkansas Razorbacks are averaging 82.8 points on 48.4 percent shooting and allowing 75.1 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Jaylen Barford is averaging 18.6 points and 3.9 rebounds while Daryl Macon is averaging 17 points and four assists. Daniel Gafford is the third double-digit scorer and Anton Beard is dishing three assists. The Arkansas Razorbacks are shooting 39.9 percent from beyond the arc and 66.6 percent from the free throw line. The Arkansas Razorbacks are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.6 rebounds per game. The Arkansas Razorbacks have won six straight home games.
The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Razorbacks are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 Tuesday games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Southeastern and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Wildcats are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the home team is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the favorite is 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings.
If there was ever a time for the Arkansas Razorbacks to snap a five-game skid to Kentucky, it would be now. The Kentucky Wildcats aren't scaring anybody right now, as they're shooting just 41.6 percent from the field in their last five games and are being outscored by four points on the road overall this season. The Arkansas Razorbacks are playing their best ball of the season right now and have taken things to another level at home where they're shooting 50 percent from the field and outscoring teams by nearly 15 points. While this isn't the same Kentucky team from last year, the Razorbacks have to have a chip on their shoulder after being smacked by these guys, especially in the SEC Tournament. I'll eat the chalk.