By RICHARD CHEEKS
This past Saturday, the SEC teams played a full slate of seven basketball games, bringing the total for the season to 12 games. Of these 12 games, the visiting team has won nine times. One of those rare home wins occurred at Rupp Arena where the Wildcats handed Texas A&M its worst SEC defeat ever, a 42 point pole axing to advance to 12-2 overall and 2-0 in the SEC. Texas A&M having lost to Tennessee in their first game at College Station fell to 0-2 in the SEC.
The Cats’ game against the Aggies was clearly their strongest single game performance of this season with a game ANE of 0.614 points per possession, surpassing the previous best game against Arizona State. Meanwhile, the Arkansas Razorbacks got out of Knoxville on Saturday with a four point win over Tennessee to even their SEC record at 1-1 following their earlier home court loss to Florida.
ARKANSAS enters the game with a 12-2; 1-1 record. The Razorbacks lost at #34 Minnesota in November by 14, and the Razorbacks’ most impressive win has been over #42 Houston by 12. Arkansas enters this game with an ANE of 0.162 points per possession against a strength of schedule of 0.07 ppp (#162). The Cats enter this game with an ANE of 0.337 ppp against a strength of schedule of 0.0429 ppp (#49).
The ANE analysis indicates a Kentucky win by 19 points, 87-68 at apace of 78 possessions. This would produce game efficiencies of 1.117 ppp and 0.873 ppp. Pomeroy sees this game in Kentucky’s favor by 16 points,92-76 at a pace of 77 possessions.
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