Arkansas basketball fans who frequent social media are less optimistic about their favorite team than ESPN, a media outlet those same people claim hate the Razorbacks.
The entity’s college basketball power index is giving Arkansas a 28.5% chance to beat No. 6 Kentucky on Saturday. The Hogs are at Bud Walton Arena and even with the disappointment that has been the 2023-24 season, the place will be packed, what with College GameDay being on-campus that morning, as well.
Arkansas is just 1-5 in SEC play at nearly the halfway mark of the league’s slate. If the pace were to stay, the Razorbacks would be staring at their worst season since 2008-09. Only slightest glimmer still exists that Arkansas can make it four straight when it comes NCAA Tournament bids. And the notion that the Hogs can make a fourth straight Sweet 16 has all but gone out the door.
Kentucky will enter Saturday stinging a bit itself. The Wildcats certainly won’t be No. 6 in the country when the polls are released after the weekend. They were throttled by Kentucky last time out.
But they’re also a team most prognosticators think is a legitimate Top-10 team when it comes to talen and expected finish. A second consecutive letdown is unlikely.
So even if that 29% mark isn’t great, it’s a bit higher than some of the online crowd would make normal folks believe.