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February 20, 2018

There is one pick today.

Take Arkansas -5 spread (buy the half point) against Kentucky for 3% of the bankroll.

This is arguably one of the marquee matchups on the card tonight as the Kentucky Wildcats travel to Bud Walton Arena to take on the surging Arkansas Razorbacks.

The Razorbacks come into this matchup red-hot and current own the conference's longest winning streak. They have won four straight to move into a four-way tie for third place in the SEC, one game ahead of their opponents tonight and have won all 4 games during their streak by double-digits. They are extremely dangerous on the offensive side of the ball, ranking first in the conference in three-point shooting, and second overall in scoring. The Razorbacks are one of the most experienced teams in all of college basketball and features seven seniors. Senior guard Jaylen Bradford leads the team in scoring at 18.6 points per game. Macon is second with 17 points per contest to go with a team-high 4.0 assists per outing.

The Kentucky Wildcats are not the same powerhouse team that we have grown accustomed to seeing in years past. Kentucky recently snapped their 4-game losing streak over the weekend with an 81-71 win over Alabama but have dropped two of their last three on the road. Bud Walton Arena is one of the toughest places for opponents to play this season, judging by Arkansas' stellar, 14-1 record on their home court and even though Kentucky stopped the bleeding for the moment, we do expect their struggles to resume tonight.

The Wildcats have had quite a bit of success against Arkansas in the past, having won 5 straight in the series, all by at least 14-points, which makes this matchup even more intriguing. Arkansas' recent struggles in this series will surely be a motivating factor for them tonight and we don't expect them to show any mercy to the team that has dominated them thoroughly in the past. Kentucky is vulnerable at the moment and we expect the Razorbacks to place their foot on the gas and use this matchup as a statement win. Kentucky has struggled offensively, and we simply don't believe they will have enough firepower to go score for score with Arkansas in this contest. This game may be close in the early going, but the Hogs defense should be able to keep the Kentucky offense in check in the later stages of the contest, while their offense continues to put points on the board. At the end, we don't believe this game will be close as Arkansas comes away with the win and cover.

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