Underdog Arkansas to Shock Kentucky in SEC Championship Game

Doug Upstone

Sunday, March 12, 2017 2:16 PM UTC

Sunday, Mar. 12, 2017 2:16 PM UTC

In the 1990's, Arkansas and Kentucky was the biggest rivalry in the south and in today's SEC basketball tournament final, we might be seeing a renewal of past glories. (7-5 ATS Record)

 Arkansas vs. Kentucky

Nashville, TN. 1:00 pm E.T.

Kentucky (28-5, 16-16 ATS) has been forced to change gears as the season has wore on and while they are not blowing teams off the court like early in the season, they might be a more complete team these days, having picked different skills to make them a more well-rounded club. Case in point was yesterday, as Alabama slowed the tempo, got physical on defense and crashed the boards. Kentucky was in a battle for all 40 minutes and survived because De'Aaron Fox made big shots throughout the contest and finished with 28 points. Arkansas is not as physical defensively as Alabama, but has much better quickness and can create turnovers which lead to immediate points, which implies guards Fox, Isaiah and Malik Monk cannot be lazy with the ball.

This Arkansas (25-8, 17-14 ATS) squad is far better than the one that was drilled by Kentucky 97-71 in Lexington 64 days ago. Since Feb.11th, the Razorbacks are 8-1 (7-2 ATS), with only setback at Florida and this group is better equipped for adversity. As compared to previous Arkansas teams, this squad can play away from home and is 10-5 and 8-6 ATS. There keys to engineering upset is slow the game down, generate defense pressure to force turnovers, which can lead to quick scores and take away driving lane from Kentucky guards. If the Hogs can accomplish this, backing them for college basketball picks could be a wise choice. Arkansas is catching 8.5 points from the oddsmakers and should have a shot to cover, but come up just short from winning SEC title.

Free NCAAB Pick: Arkansas +8Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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