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Kentucky Wildcats vs Razorbacks College Hoops Game Preview

Kentucky WildcatsArkansas Razorbacks
March 2, 4:00 PM | Bud Walton Arena

Kentucky Wildcats vs Arkansas Razorbacks Odds

20-8TEAM RECORD17-11

The Arkansas Razorbacks host Kentucky on Saturday, looking to build on their 17-11 mark against the 20-8 Wildcats in college hoops action at Bud Walton Arena.

The Wildcats will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 10-15 ATS against the number this season, while the Razorbacks are 10-9-1 ATS. Kentucky is 14-10 on the totals; Arkansas is 6-12.

View Kentucky vs Arkansas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Wildcats were listed as 2-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Razorbacks - Wildcats odds would favor the Wildcats if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Arkansas is rated No. 146 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Kentucky is at No. 22. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 81-76 win for the Wildcats.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Wildcats rank No. 35 in NCAA Division 1 with 38.3 per game. That compares with Arkansas’s No. 155 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Arkansas is college basketball's No. 180-ranked team at 6 per game, while the Wildcats rate No. 197 with 5.9 per game.

Defensively, Kentucky features the nation's No. 157-rated defense on the road, allowing 68.8 points per game. Arkansas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 11 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Kentucky was an 85-55 winner at home against Mississippi State. They covered the 21.5-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Wildcats and Bulldogs didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Mississippi State was handed an 85-55 defeat on Wednesday at Rupp Arena.

Arkansas was a 65-60 loser in their most recent outing on the road against LSU. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as favorites. Arkansas suffered a 65-60 loss against LSU on Wednesday, getting 17 points from Marshawn Powell in a losing effort at Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Kentucky Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Georgia are 8-2
After playing Mississippi State are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

Arkansas Razorbacks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Missouri are 7-1
After playing LSU are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4

A few Wildcats at Razorbacks trends to consider:
Kentucky is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Arkansas
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kentucky's last 5 games when playing on the road against Arkansas
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Kentucky's last 24 games on the road
Kentucky is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Arkansas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arkansas's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arkansas's last 5 games when playing at home against Kentucky
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Arkansas's last 8 games when playing Kentucky

Next up:
Kentucky at Georgia, Thursday, March 7
Arkansas at Missouri, Tuesday, March 5