Home Cover for NCAAB Picks in Arkansas vs. Kentucky

Jeff Grant

Thursday, February 27, 2014 2:08 PM GMT

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 2:08 PM GMT

The Kentucky Wildcats have never lost to the same opponent twice in the same regular season under head coach John Calipari, which will make things difficult for the Arkansas Razorbacks Thursday night. We look to this matchup in order to uncover the best NCAA Basketball betting options on offer.

Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this Southeastern Conference matchup at Rupp Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Streaking

Arkansas has won three games in a row, including a 73-69 victory over the Mississippi State Bulldogs as six-point road favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total in all three of those affairs.

The Razorbacks have three probable starters averaging in double figures, with freshman forward Bobby Portis leading the way at 13.1 points a contest.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 7-15 SU and 6-16 ATS off a win against a conference rival, with the UNDER going 11-7 in that situation. 

Improving 

Kentucky is 6-1 SU and 4-3 ATS over its last seven games, as it tries to build off a 77-76 overtime victory over the LSU Tigers as 10-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive contest. 

The Wildcats have four players averaging double figures over the last five games, with freshman forward Julius Randle leading the way at 14.8 points a contest over that span. 

College basketball handicappers will find that the team is 18-3 SU and 10-11 ATS in February since the start of the 2011-12 campaign.

Close encounters 

The Razorbacks are certainly worth a look as a road underdog on the SBR Odds page, considering half of their conference games have been decided by five or fewer points. 

Arkansas picked up a 87-85 overtime victory over Kentucky in the first meeting this season—the matchup featured 60 fouls and 81 free throws. 

There’s no place like home 

The Wildcats have compiled a dominating 82-3 SU record at this venue under John Calipari, which fits nicely with the Razorbacks dropping their last nine trips to Lexington.

Kentucky has covered the number in six of its last eight home games versus a team with a road winning percentage of less than .400.

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Wildcats as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as the favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings in this series. 

Free NCAA Basketball Pick:  Kentucky Wildcats -10.5

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