Arkansas Razorbacks vs Kentucky Wildcats Prediction, 2/9/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Arkansas Razorbacks vs Kentucky Wildcats
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Location: Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
Odds/Point Spread: Arkansas (-1)
Rupp Arena is the site where and the Kentucky Wildcats (5-12) will play the Arkansas Razorbacks (14-5) on Tuesday. Arkansas opens this game as 1-point favorites. The total has been set at 141.
Arkansas heads into this matchup with a win-loss record of 14-5 for the year. The Razorbacks are hitting 33.7% on shots from beyond the arc (154 of 457) and 73.7% from the free throw line. They average 82.7 points per outing (13th in D-1) while hitting 45.1% from the field. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.2 times per game and as a squad they commit 16.9 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Arkansas is pulling in 41.3 boards per contest and has totaled 284 dimes on the year, which has them ranked 35th in Division 1 in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Razorbacks are able to force 15.6 turnovers per game and they draw 18.2 fouls. They are conceding 30.3% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 159th in the nation in PPG allowed (69.4). The Razorbacks are allowing a field goal percentage of 41.6% (473 of 1,137) and they relinquish 35.1 rebounds per game as a group. They are ranked 212th in the nation in giving up assists to their opponents with 219 conceded on the season.
The Arkansas Razorbacks stepped onto the hardwood against the Mississippi State Bulldogs and went home with a win by a final score of 61-45 in their last game. Arkansas walked away from the game with a 35.9% field goal percentage (23 out of 64) and knocked down 2 out of their 17 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the charity stripe, the Razorbacks made 13 of 14 attempts for a rate of 92.9%. In regard to grabbing rebounds, they earned 40 with 12 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 13 assists in this matchup in addition to getting 10 steals and 6 rejections. Regarding defense, Arkansas allowed the other team to go 35.9% from the field on 23 of 64 shooting. Mississippi State recorded 10 dimes and had 9 steals for this game. Moreover, the Bulldogs grabbed 28 boards (6 offensive, 22 defensive) and added 6 blocked shots. Mississippi State ended up shooting 55.6% from the free throw line by burying 10 of their 18 attempts. They converted 5 out of their 19 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Moses Moody is one player who was a factor in this contest. He accumulated 13 points on 4 out of 12 shooting. He played for 38 mins and also totaled 7 boards. Moody finished shooting 33.3% from the field and dished out 2 assists. Another guy that came through in the game for the Razorbacks was Connor Vanover. He grabbed 8 boards and accumulated 2 assists. He finished the contest at 54.5% from the field in this contest by shooting 6-of-11 (13 points). At the conclusion of this game, Vanover played 29 minutes.
Kentucky has a mark of 5-12 for the year. Kentucky has totaled 1,153 points on the year (67.8 per game) and they average 38.9 rebounds per game. The Wildcats commit 18.6 fouls per game and they go 72.0% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Wildcats are hitting on 41.6% from the field, which is 295th in the nation. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 11.3 times per game (299th in Division 1) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 15.0 times per contest. The Wildcats on defense are ranked 161st in the nation in points allowed per game with 69.5. They have given up 12.0 assists and 35.7 boards every game, which has them ranked 104th and 207th in those defensive categories. The Kentucky defense gives up 30.8% on shots from 3-point land (112 of 364) and opponents are converting on 71.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing their opponents into 12.1 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 40.8% from the field (66th in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the court, the Kentucky Wildcats took a loss by a final score of 82-71 when they played the Tennessee Volunteers. The Wildcats were able to pull down 25 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards totaling 34 in this matchup. They blocked 4 attempts while getting 5 steals for this game. The Volunteers were called for 22 fouls in the matchup which got the Wildcats to the charity stripe for 19 tries. They were able to convert 17 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 89.5%. Concerning three-point shots, Kentucky made 4 out of their 17 tries (23.5%). Overall, the Wildcats went 25 for 65 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 38.5%. The Wildcats permitted the Volunteers to convert 32 of their 68 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 47.1% for the matchup. They shot 26.3% from 3-point land by shooting 5 out of 19 and ended up shooting 13 of 15 at the free throw line (86.7%). With respect to rebounds, Kentucky allowed Tennessee to collect 34 in all (7 on the offensive glass).
Devin Askew ended up being a factor for the Wildcats for the matchup. He made 5 out of 7 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 71.4%, which got him 14 points. Askew pulled down 5 boards in his 33 minutes and accounted for 4 assists for the matchup. An additional guy that was pivotal for Kentucky was Olivier Sarr. He totaled 14 points in his 27 minutes on the court via 5 of 9 shooting for the matchup. Sarr ended the game having shot 55.6% from the field while earning 2 assists and 5 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Arkansas (-1)
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