Kentucky Wildcats vs Arkansas Razorbacks Prediction, 2/26/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Kentucky Wildcats vs Arkansas Razorbacks
Date: Saturday, February 26, 2022
Location: Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, AR
The Kentucky Wildcats (23-5) are traveling to Bud Walton Arena on Saturday where they will go up against the Arkansas Razorbacks (22-6).
The Kentucky Wildcats faced LSU and walked away with a win by a score of 71-66 in their last contest. Kentucky finished the game with a 46.9% FG percentage (23 out of 49) and converted 2 of their 12 shots from downtown. From the charity stripe, the Wildcats converted 23 of their 32 shots for a percentage of 71.9%. Concerning grabbing rebounds, they earned a total of 32 with 11 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 3 assists for the matchup while creating 8 turnovers and getting 4 steals. With regard to defense, Kentucky let their opponent shoot 36.8% from the floor on 21 of 57 shooting. LSU dished out 12 dimes and had 6 steals in this contest. In addition, LSU snagged 18 rebounds (7 offensive, 11 defensive), but didn't notch a block. LSU finished shooting 83.3% at the free throw line by burying 15 of their 18 attempts. They also knocked down 9 out of their 26 attempts from downtown. With respect to personal fouls, the Wildcats ended up finishing with 14 and LSU totaled 25 personal fouls.
Oscar Tshiebwe is someone who played a role for the matchup. He ended up shooting 71.4% from the field but had no assists when the time ran out. He played for 38 minutes and also grabbed 16 rebounds. He accumulated 17 points on 5 of 7 shooting.
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Kentucky enters this game with a mark of 23-5 on the year. They are giving up possession 11.8 times per game and as a team they are committing 14.1 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Kentucky is pulling in 40.9 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 455 dimes on the season, which is 19th in Division 1 in terms of passing. The Wildcats are hitting 35.8% on three-point shots (180 of 503) and 73.1% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 80.6 points per contest (10th in the country) while hitting 48.6% from the floor.
On the defensive end, the Wildcats are forcing 12.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 15.8 personal fouls. They rank 127th in Division 1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 317 surrendered for the season. The Wildcats are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 40.5% (675 of 1,668) and they surrender 30.1 boards per contest as a unit. They give up 30.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 65th in D-1 in points per game allowed (65.3).
When they last stepped on the court, the Arkansas Razorbacks got the win with a final of 82-74 when they played Florida. With respect to cleaning the glass, Arkansas allowed Florida to get 28 in total (7 on the offensive side). They shot 32.0% from beyond the perimeter by going 8 out of 25 and finished the game at 14 out of 18 from the charity stripe (77.8%). The Razorbacks permitted Florida to convert 26 of their 58 tries from the floor which left them shooting 44.8% in this contest. When the game finished, the Razorbacks finished 29 for 63 from the floor which gave them a rate of 46.0%. When talking about three-point shots, Arkansas converted 7 out of 18 attempts (38.9%). They were able to make 17 of those for a percentage of 85.0%. Florida was called for 14 personal fouls in this game which got the Razorbacks to the charity stripe for 20 attempts. They also gave up possession 5 times, while getting 5 steals for this contest. The Razorbacks recorded 22 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 33 for this game.
Davonte Davis was important for the Razorbacks for this contest. He earned 19 points in his 28 minutes on the court and added 4 dimes for the matchup. He made 7 out of 10 in the game for a field goal percentage of 70.0%, and had 6 rebounds.
Arkansas has a mark of 22-6 for the year. As an offense, the Razorbacks are shooting 44.1% from the floor, which has them ranked 185th in the country. Arkansas has totaled 2,170 pts this season (77.5 per contest) and they grab 38.9 boards per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 14.4 times per contest (92nd in the country) and they lose possession via turnover 12.4 times per contest. The Razorbacks are committing 16.7 fouls per game and they hit 74.6% from the charity stripe.
The Arkansas defense allows 32.3% on shots from distance (211 of 653) and opponents are knocking down 71.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They surrender 12.5 assists and 34.2 rebounds every game, which is ranked 172nd and 162nd in the nation. The Razorbacks on defense are ranked 133rd in the nation in points allowed per game with 67.4. They are forcing 15.4 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 40.8% from the field (50th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Kentucky
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