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BOZICH | Five Final Facts on Kentucky-Arkansas SEC Tourney Final

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WDRB) – Scalpers were looking for tickets for the SEC Tournament title game four hours before tipoff at Bridgestone Arena Sunday.

Here are Five Final Facts on the Kentucky-Arkansas title game, which tips at 1 p.m. (EDT):

1. Ken Pomeroy's computer power ratings project Kentucky 78, Arkansas 65, giving the Wildcats a win probability of 89 percent.

Jeff Sagarin's computer formula favors Kentucky by 15 points. The point spread at VegasInsiders.com is Wildcats by 14.

My pick: Kentucky 80, Arkansas 65.

2. Arkansas is hot. Not as hot as John Calipari's team. But hot. The Razorbacks have won 10 of their last 12 games, losing at Kentucky (84-67) on Feb. 28 as well as their final home game to Louisiana State (81-78) on March 7.

Of course, the Razorbacks have not beaten a ranked team this season. They're 0-2, losing to Kentucky and Iowa State.

3. Don't be deceived by the score of the first UK-Arkansas game. The Wildcats led by 31 points with less than eight minutes to play. Arkansas did not make a three-point field goal in the first half, missing all nine attempts.

4. Arkansas joined the Southeastern Conference in 1992. The Razorbacks have won the SEC Tournament once – and it did not happen in 1994, the season the Razorbacks won the NCAA Tournament.

The 1994 Arkansas team lost to Kentucky in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament, a Kentucky team that lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Arkansas' only SEC title came in 2000 at the Georgia Dome, when the Razorbacks won four games to win the title. That team was coached by Nolan Richardson.

5. Arkansas forward Bobby Portis is not the best player in the SEC, but he was voted the SEC player of the year by the league coaches last week.

Portis averaged 17.7 points and 8.8 rebounds for the Hogs. He wasn't great against Kentucky, managing 15 points and 8 rebounds without a blocked shot or steal in the loss.

Portis, for the record, is projected as the 16th pick of the NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com, ranked behind three UK players – Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein and Devin Booker.

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