The 2014 NCAA basketball live stream and TV games schedule for Thursday, Feb. 27 will feature the highly-touted Kentucky Wildcats with their talented young team looking for another win. The Arkansas Razorbacks are the latest opponents, who previously upset then-No. 13 Kentucky in an overtime battle by two points at home. Now they’ll be at Kentucky in the latest televised and live stream NCAA basketball game on ESPN.
According to Fox News in a Feb. 27 report, tonight’s game will take place at Rupp Arena in Kentucky with the No. 17 Wildcats striving for their third-straight victory and to boost their 11-3 SEC record. The Razorbacks, currently the top-scoring team in the SEC, is going for their fourth straight, and to sweep their regular season meetings with Kentucky, but it’ll be tougher on the road.
Kentucky holds a strong advantage of 15-1 at home, while the Razorbacks are just 2-5 away from home this season. In fact, the last time Arkansas won at Rupp was back in 1993-94, the season they won the NCAA National Championship. The team is riding a three-game winning streak right now though, after defeating SEC opponents LSU, South Carolina and Mississippi State to help improve their conference record to 7-7, and overall record to 18-9.
An ESPN.com game report included comments from Razorbacks leading scorer Bobby Portis, talking about his team’s “bubble” chances for the upcoming NCAA tournament. Portis told the media;
"Right now, no one is talking about us in the nation; like we aren't on anyone's bubble or anything right now. So, I think (if) we go out there and win Thursday, that will be a wakeup call for us around the nation."
Arkansas defeated Kentucky 87-85 in overtime back on Jan. 14 at Bud Walton Arena behind 11 points and 10 rebounds from Portis, as well as a Michael Qualls game-winning slam in the extra session with just 0.2 seconds remaining. Coach John Calipari said of Qualls:
"Well, what he does athletically, he can stand out. We obviously know how good he is, but knowing how good he is and trying to slow a guy down are two different things."
That gave Kentucky their first loss in the SEC, and since they’ve lost to LSU and current No. 3 team Florida. As it stands though, the Wildcats are still second in the conference, and 3 1/2 games behind Florida, the top team in the nation. This past Saturday, Kentucky escaped with a win over LSU, but only by a point and in overtime as well, thanks to a jumpshot from basketball prodigy Julius Randle. Kentucky is currently projected to start out the tournament as a No. 5 seed against No. 12 seed Green Bay in the East (New York) region, so they'll look to continue their winning ways and potentially improve on their seeding.
Odds makers have have Kentucky as heavy favorites at home tonight, predicted to win by 10 1/2 to 12 points. The over/under points total for tonight’s game is set at 149 or so, depending on the sports book. There are currently no significant injuries reported for either team heading into tonight's contest.
Thursday night's Arkansas vs. Kentucky basketball game has a scheduled start time of 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. ESPN will provide the live telecast on television for cable and satellite viewers around the country. Additionally, the WatchESPN broadband sports network will be live streaming tonight's game online for participating cable and satellite companies. Check the website here for more details on availability of tonight's game, as well as any regional or device restrictions.