Arkansas vs. Kentucky - 3/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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An early-morning shootaround helped remedy Malik Monk's recent scoring woes.

Arkansas holds a 25-9 record on the season after losing to the Kentucky Wildcats in the SEC Tournament.

Fox capped off his tournament run with 18 points, three boards, two assists and two steals in Sunday's title game win over Arkansas.

As the Wildcats continued to make shot after shot against Arkansas, free throw after free throw, Calipari's demeanor didn't change. He leads the nations with 13.1 rebounds per game, to go with 15.3 points per game. Khadeen Carrington and Desi Rodriguez average 16.9 and 15.9 points per game, respectively.

"I just kept getting the plays and they kept the ball in my hands", said Fox, who made 8 of 12 shots.

"When you smell blood, just keep attacking". If you think you can score 60 points in post-season game and win. Those baskets included a pair of 3-pointers that turned a 17-7 first-half deficit into a 33-32 lead. Fox tops in steals with 1.4 per game.

"If I would have seen it, I would have said something", Calipari said. "I'm just caught up in the game".

Hawkins, who joined teammates De'Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo on the all-tournament team, scored 14 points off the bench, but provided other contributions that paved the way for the blowout victory.

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Arkansas, outscored only three times in the second half all season, wound up leading by as much as 27. Give Kentucky credit. They made some big shots.

The team will find out on selection Sunday if they get an invite to the NCAA tournament.

Head coach Mike Anderson is making his second appearance in the Big Dance as the Hogs head coach. "And with the schedule we played this year, with the teams that we have some wins over, we feel like if we go and we play well, hopefully we can stay there for a little while". We knew what we had to do.

"We're starting to click now because we're starting to mature, and it's showing", Adebayo said. Now it was looking to defeat Kentucky in the tournament for the third time in 17 meetings to advance to the program's first SEC Championship game since 2002. It will play eighth-ranked Kentucky, a 79-74 victor against Alabama, for the second time in three years today.

Sterling Brown added 16 points for the Mustangs (28-4).

In what has been a down year for the SEC, Arkansas is one of the best teams in the conference.

"It would mean a lot for us to win the SEC Tournament", Razorbacks senior center Moses Kingsley said. But they're peaking at the right time, having won eight of their last nine.

No. 5 seed Alabama, No. 6 seed Ole Miss and No. 7 seed Vanderbilt all took care of business, each winning their second-round games by 12 points or more.

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