Arkansas Razorbacks vs Kentucky Wildcats Prediction, 2/7/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Arkansas Razorbacks vs Kentucky Wildcats
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Location: Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
Rupp Arena is where the Kentucky Wildcats (16-7) will compete against the Arkansas Razorbacks (16-7) on Tuesday.
The Arkansas Razorbacks faced South Carolina and took home the win by a score of 65-63 in their last contest. Arkansas finished having earned a 47.3% FG percentage (26 of 55) and made 4 out of their 15 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Razorbacks converted 9 of their 13 shots for a percentage of 69.2%. Pertaining to grabbing boards, they collected a total of 31 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 11 assists in this game while forcing 10 turnovers and earning 3 steals. In reference to the defense, Arkansas allowed 41.4% from the field on 24 of 58 shooting. South Carolina earned 12 dimes and had 6 steals for the game. Moreover, South Carolina collected 33 boards (12 offensive, 21 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. South Carolina walked away from this one shooting 57.1% when shooting free throws by making 8 of 14 attempts. They made 7 of 19 tries from distance. When it comes to personal fouls, the Razorbacks ended up with 14 while South Carolina totaled 13 personal fouls.
Jalen Graham is a player who was a factor in this contest. He accounted for 16 points on 8 out of 10 shooting. He played for 22 mins played and snagged 2 rebounds. He ended up shooting 80.0% from the floor and also dished out 1 assist.
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Arkansas will enter this game with a mark of 16-7 so far this year. They cough up possession 13.3 times per contest and as a team are committing 18.8 personal fouls every game. As a team, Arkansas is collecting 36.2 boards per game and has accounted for 307 assists on the campaign, which has them ranked 213th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. The Razorbacks are connecting on 30.6% from downtown (114 of 372) and 69.7% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 74.4 pts per contest (124th in the nation) while connecting on 47.4% from the floor.
When they are on defense, the Razorbacks are able to force 15.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.7 fouls. They rank 14th in Division 1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 225 conceded for the campaign. The Razorbacks are giving up a shooting percentage of 40.9% (522 of 1,276) and they concede 32.3 rebounds per game as a squad. They give up 31.4% on 3-pointers and they rank 59th in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (65.2).
In their last game, the Kentucky Wildcats got the victory with a final of 72-67 against Florida. The Wildcats earned 24 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards totaling 35 in the matchup. They turned the ball over 9 times, while getting 6 steals in this game. Florida was called for 14 fouls for this contest which got the Wildcats to the charity stripe for a total of 13 shots. They were able to knock down 11 of them for a percentage of 84.6%. When talking about shots from beyond the perimeter, Kentucky knocked down 5 out of their 11 attempts (45.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Wildcats went 28 for 62 from the field which gave them a rate of 45.2%. The Wildcats permitted Florida to convert 23 of 55 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.8% in this contest. They finished 31.6% from downtown by hitting 6 of 19 and finished the contest at 15 out of 17 from the free throw line (88.2%). Concerning how they attacked the glass, Kentucky permitted Florida to pull down 27 in all (8 offensive).
Cason Wallace was important for the Wildcats for the matchup. He made 7 of 10 for this game for a field goal percentage of 70.0%, and had 3 rebounds. He racked up 20 points in his 27 minutes on the hardwood and tallied 2 dimes in the matchup.
Kentucky has a mark of 16-7 this year. The Wildcats are committing 15.3 fouls per contest and they hit 69.4% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 16.0 times per game (26th in the country) and they cough up possession 11.3 times per contest. Kentucky has accounted for 1,729 points on the campaign (75.2 per game) and they grab 38.6 boards per game. As an offense, the Wildcats are shooting 45.9% from the floor, which ranks them 107th in college basketball.
The Kentucky defense concedes 33.1% on shots from beyond the arc (150 of 453) and their opposition knocks down 75.4% of their free throw shots. They give up 11.5 assists and 30.8 rebounds per game, which ranks them 95th and 21st in those categories. The Wildcats on defense are ranked 102nd in college hoops in points allowed per contest with 66.8. They are forcing 12.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 42.6% from the floor (131st in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kentucky
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