Kentucky vs Arkansas prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Saturday, February 26
Kentucky vs Arkansas How To Watch
Date: Saturday, February 26
Game Time: 2:00 ET
Venue: Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, AR
How To Watch: CBS
Record: Kentucky (23-5), Arkansas (22-6)
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Kentucky vs Arkansas Game Preview
Why Kentucky Will Win
Kentucky is back on track after the loss at Tennessee, rolling against Alabama and LSU teams that were just dangerous enough to come up with wins.
The Wildcats are shooting well again, they’re loading up on the free throw line, and they’re now at least threatening to do more from three even though they’ll never remind anyone of Steph Curry on the outside.
More than anything else, they’re still amazing on the boards.
They’ll be happy to get up and down the floor with the Hogs, but if they can do what they do on the defensive glass, they’ve got it.
Why Arkansas Will Win
Arkansas has been amazing on the offensive boards.
They’ve won 12 of their last 13 games but forcing their way to the free throw line by attacking the rim, and that’s including making up for their misses and mistakes.
They don’t turn the ball over as much as Kentucky might want, and they’re holding up well defensively, holding teams under 40% from the field in four of the last six games.
No, they’re not shooting the lights out, and they’re not coming up with enough blocks, but …
What’s Going To Happen
Arkansas has been great defensively and making enough timely plays to overcome the other issues.
It held down Tennessee, pushed past Auburn, and cranked up the offense against Florida.
It hasn’t faced a team lately that can rebound and work inside like Kentucky can.
Arkansas is playing really, really well, and it’s got the confidence and momentum to rise up and pull this off at home, but Kentucky will pound, pound, pound on the boards and score inside the arc to pull this off.
Kentucky vs Arkansas Prediction, Lines
Kentucky 78, Arkansas 76
Line: Kentucky -2.5, o/u: 147
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5
Must See Rating: 4.5
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