Florida at Georgia Odds, Prediction & TV Info

Posted by Kenny Bell on Monday,February 6, 2017 12:48, EST in

The Florida Gators were ranked No. 24 in last week’s AP Top 25 but they are going to rise a good amount following an impressive blowout of Top-10 team Kentucky on Saturday. Georgia, meanwhile, needs a quality win like this to have any shot at an NCAA Tournament at-large bid. The Dawgs should be slight home college basketball betting underdogs for Tuesday’s SEC matchup.

Florida at Georgia Odds, Prediction & TV Info

When: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7 PM ET
Where: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Ga.
TV: ESPN2
Stream: WatchESPN
RadioFlorida / Georgia
Opening NCAAB Lines: TBA

Why Bet On Florida?

The Gators (18-5) crushed No. 8 Kentucky, 88-66, on Saturday. The Gators never trailed in the game, building a 34-26 halftime lead and shooting 66.7 percent in the second half to put the game out of reach. It snapped a 5-game losing streak to Kentucky and was the program’s largest-ever margin of victory in 137 meetings with the Wildcats.

“It’s a big statement,” junior forward Devin Robinson said. “To show people that we can compete with anybody in the country. It’s a stepping stone for us. We’ve got a long ways to go, though. It’s a long season.”

Kasey Hill was the catalyst for Florida, matching his career-high with 21 points to lead all players. Robinson added 16 points and 9 rebounds, guard Canyon Barry chipped in 14 points, all in the second half, and backup point guard Chris Chiozza added 9 rebounds and 9 assists.

UF shot 67 percent in the second half and dominated one of the nation’s best rebounding teams on th boards (54-29, including 17-6 on the offensive end). The Wildcats came in averaging 91.3 points per game, tops in the Southeastern Conference and third in the nation. They scored two-thirds of that against the UF defense.

The 22-point victory margin was the largest ever by a Florida team against Kentucky, besting the 19- point cushion of the 2014 team. The win moved Florida into a tie with Kentucky for second place in the SEC, one game behind South Carolina.

Why Bet On Georgia?

Georgia (13-10) lost to No. 19 South Carolina 77-75 on Saturday. The Gamecocks led by nine points with 2:21 left in regulation before the Bulldogs reeled their deficit back in. J.J. Frazier hit a floater to make it 73-68 with a little over a minute remaining. Then Georgia forced a shot-clock violation on the Gamecocks’ following possession and made it to the foul line where William Jackson II cut it to 73-69 with 26 seconds left. Despite the Bulldogs continuing to make baskets down the stretch, South Carolina converted their free throws to secure the win.

“It was a tight game and we anticipated this,” Georgia head coach Mark Fox said. “It was a really hard- fought physical game and this was probably five or six games in a row that it has come down to the last minute. If you look at the totality of the 40 minutes, we finished at a shooting percentage that we are pleased with but we just have to improve those defensive numbers a little bit. We also gave up some second chance baskets in the second half that were back breaking.”

Frazier spearheaded the Bulldogs’ attack with 18 points apiece. Redshirt junior Juwan Parker chipped in 11 points while Jackson II added nine points. On the glass, sophomore forward Derek Ogbeide gathered a team-high 11 rebounds. Georgia shot a 49-percent clip from the floor compared to South Carolina’s 43-percent shooting. The Bulldogs also outrebounded the Gamecocks 36-28.

On Jan. 14, Georgia lost at Florida, 80-76 in overtime. Barry scored 27 points, including four in overtime, and Florida handed Georgia its 14th consecutive loss in Gainesville.

Florida at Georgia Prediction: Georgia Bulldogs

Think the Gators will have letdown effort here so take Georgia.