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Kentucky vs. Arkansas - 2/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arkansas at Kentucky
Date & Time Tuesday February 26, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
The Line
Kentucky Wildcats -18 -- O/U: 143.5
TV Channel
SEC Network
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Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Arkansas Razorbacks and the Kentucky Wildcats meet in SEC college basketball action from the Rupp Arena on Tuesday night.

The Arkansas Razorbacks will be out to snap a 5-game losing skid after an 87-80 loss to Texas A&M last time out. Daniel Gafford led the Razorbacks with 23 points on 9 of 14 shooting with 13 rebounds and 3 blocks for the double-double. Isaiah Joe added 20 points and Mason Jones chipped in 11 points with 4 assists to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Arkansas in the losing effort. Gafford leads the Razorbacks with an average of 16.5 points and 8.9 rebounds per game while Jalen Harris leads Arkansas in assists with 5.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Arkansas is averaging 76.3 points per game on 44.5% shooting from the field, 32.4% from behind the 3-point line and 66.2% from the foul line this season.

The Kentucky Wildcats will look to stay hot after an 80-53 beatdown of Auburn last time out. PJ Washington led the Wildcats with 24 points on 9 of 13 shooting with 5 threes and 6 rebounds while Tyler Herro had 17 points with 3 threes and Ashton Hagans added 14 points with a team-high 5 assists to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Kentucky in the win. Keldon Johnson had 8 points with a team-high 17 rebounds and 5 assists while EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards each had 3 blocks in the win. Washington leads Kentucky with an average of 15.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game while Hagans leads Kentucky in assists with 4.3 helpers per game this season. As a team, Kentucky is averaging 78.3 points per game on 48% shooting from the field, 35.9% from behind the arc and 74.7% from the foul line this season.

Arkansas is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Kentucky is 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 21-7 ATS in their last 28 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 home games. Arkansas is 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams at Kentucky.

I really want to take a look at the points here as huge lines like these leave you basically begging for a backdoor cover at the end if Kentucky takes their foot off of the gas. However, the points only hold value if you can cover the big lines and while Arkansas haven’t been on the end of many beatdowns lately, the fact is that the Hogs can’t cover if their lives depended on it right now. Auburn dismantled Arkansas by 23 points, while Kentucky destroyed Auburn by 27 points last time out. This game has blowout written all over it in my opinion, so I’ll lay the points with Kentucky here.

Kentucky -18

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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