SEC Tournament Final betting preview: Arkansas vs Kentucky

Arkansas Razorbacks vs Kentucky Wildcats (-8.5, 161)

Tournament being played at Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

Kentucky and its freshman-heavy lineup appear to be peaking just in time to be a national championship contender, and the top-seeded Wildcats will try to keep their hot streak rolling in the SEC Tournament championship game against Arkansas on Sunday. The Wildcats have won a season-best 10 straight following a 79-74 win over Alabama in Saturday’s semifinals.

The Razorbacks reached the tournament final for the second time in three years with a 76-62 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday, while Kentucky is in the title game for the seventh time in coach John Calipari’s eight seasons. The Wildcats are 30-10 all-time in the SEC Tournament final and have won four tournament titles under Calipari. Arkansas is looking for just its second SEC Tournament title and its first since 2000, when the Razorbacks also were the No. 3 seed. The Wildcats routed the Razorbacks 97-71 at home on Jan. 7, but Arkansas has been a different team of late, winning eight of its last nine games.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, ESPN

LINE HISTORY: The top seeded Kentucky Wildcats opened as 8.5-point favorites over the Arkansas Razorbacks and the total hit the betting board at 161. Check out the complete line history here.

INJURY REPORT:

Arkansas – G RJ Glasper (Out Indefinitely, shoulder).

Kentucky – F Sacha Killeya-Jones (Questionable, illness).

COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Arkansas (-5.6) – Kentucky (-17.7) + neutral site (0) = Kentucky -12.1

BETTING STATS:

ABOUT ARKANSAS (25-8 SU, 17-14 ATS, 16-15 O/U): The Razorbacks displayed their balance against Vanderbilt, as Jaylen Barford led four players in double-figures. Barford (12.6 points) has scored in double digits in eight straight games and has led the team in scoring five times in the last eight games. Leading scorer Dusty Hannahs (14.6 points) and reserve guard Daryl Macon (13.3 points) also have been in double figures in both tournament games, and big man Moses Kingsley (11.9 points, 7.9 rebounds) posted a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds on Saturday.

ABOUT KENTUCKY (28-5 SU, 17-16 ATS, 17-16 O/U): The Wildcats can breathe a sigh of relief after freshman phenom Malik Monk (20.5 points) broke out of a brief two-game shooting slump to score 20 points, but fellow freshman De’Aaron Fox continued his hot streak with a career-high 28 points against Alabama. Fox (16.1 points, 4.9 assists, 4.2 rebounds) has averaged 22.3 points over the past three games, and his big game against the Crimson Tide helped offset a quiet outing from backcourt mate Isaiah Briscoe (12.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists). Freshman big man Bam Adebayo has averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds over the past nine games with three double-doubles over that span.

MATCHUP CHART:

CHEERLEADER BATTLE:

TRENDS:

* Razorbacks are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games.
* Wildcats are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games.
* Under is 4-0 in Razorbacks last 4 games following a straight up win.
* Under is 5-1 in Wildcats last 6 games as a favorite.
* Favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

Check out a complete list of hot and cold trends, here.
 
COVERS CONSENSUS: There is currently no consensus data, check back later for a full update or click here for the complete consensus analysis.


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