Kentucky Wildcats (23-5) vs. Arkansas Razorbacks (22-6)
February 26, 2022 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: Arkansas Razorbacks -2.5 ; Over/Under: 148.5
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The Kentucky Wildcats and the Arkansas Razorbacks meet Saturday in college basketball action from Bud Walton Arena. Kentucky sits at 23-5 on the year. The Wildcats beat LSU in their last game. As for Arkansas, they’re 22-6 this season and coming off a win over Florida. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Kentucky hasn’t lost consecutive games so far this season. The Wildcats are on a nice 8-1 run right now, with the only blemish being a February 15 loss to Tennessee. Kentucky has beaten Alabama and LSU since then.
In the LSU matchup on Wednesday, the Wildcats were down 23-31 by halftime. Kentucky surged on a 48-35 second-half stretch for a 71-66 comeback win. Oscar Tshiebwe led the team with his 17 points and 16 rebounds.
Over on the Arkansas side, they had a rough 1-5 run back in December and January, but have only lost one game otherwise. Since that loss to Alabama, the Razorbacks have taken out Missouri, Tennessee and Florida in their last trio.
Matched up against Florida on Tuesday, the Razorbacks were up by three at halftime. Arkansas went on a 45-40 second-half run on the way to an 82-74 victory. JD Notae was tops on the team with 22 points, six rebounds and three assists.
The Razorbacks are 4-0 ATS in the last four at home and 4-0 ATS in the last four Saturday games. Arkansas is 12-1 ATS in their last 13 overall.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats are 4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last four after an ATS loss. Kentucky is 4-0 ATS in their last four Saturday games.
PICK: I’m going to take a stab on Arkansas. You could probably make a good case either way here, though; we should have an excellent matchup on our hands. In any case, The Razorbacks are on a 12-1 run against some very talented teams right now, with only a few close calls mixed in there. Arkansas has developed into a very sharp team over the last six weeks.
As for Kentucky, they’re on a 12-1 run themselves right now and should be able to match Arkansas at every turn. This one looks like it’ll be a high-scoring battle and a fun one to watch; I like Arkansas to eke out the cover in a great game.