UPDATE (Jan. 20 at 2:44 p.m. ET): Well, that didn’t take long. The opening line (Arkansas -1.5) has already shifted. Kentucky (-1) is now favored for the time being. We’ll update you with further changes.
UPDATE (Jan. 21 at 10:20 a.m. ET): Kentucky is now favored by as many as 2.5 points in some books.
Kentucky is an underdog for the first time in nearly two years.
The Wildcats opened as 1.5-point ‘dogs to Arkansas for Thursday night’s SEC matchup. John Calipari’s squad had not been in such a position since a Sweet 16 matchup against Louisville on March 28, 2014.
Since then, the Wildcats finished the 2014 tournament as favorites in three straight, were favored to win every single game of a 38-1 campaign last season and played the favorite in each of their first 17 games in 2015-2016. If you’re counting, that’s 59 straight contests.
Now ranked No. 23 with a 13-4 record after blowing a 16-year winning streak at Auburn, the Wildcats will head into Fayetteville with Vegas only maginally behind them.
Thursday’s game tips off at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN).