The 14th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats may be maddeningly inconsistent this season, but they’ll have a great chance to get a road victory when they visit the struggling Florida Gators in an SEC showdown that gets underway on Tuesday night. Now, let’s find out if the Wildcats will get the win or whether Florida is primed for the big NCAA hoops odds upset.
How To Bet The No. 14 Kentucky vs. Florida NCAAB Odds & TV Info
When: Tuesday, March 1, 7:00 PM ET
Where: Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida
TV: ESPN, ESPN3
NCAAB Odds: TBA
Why Bet The Kentucky Wildcats
The Wildcats (21-8 SU, 13-16 ATS) are a great bet in this contest because they hold the edge in scoring, shooting percentage, free throw shooting, defense and turnovers (whew). Kentucky was on the wrong end of a humbling 74-62 smack down at the hands of Vanderbilt on Saturday while never coming close to covering the spread as a 2-point road favorite.
The Cats got a game-high 33 points from freshman Jamal Murray but Kentucky missed its final nine shots and went scoreless for the final 3:47 of the game while making just 26.9 percent of their second half shots.
Why Bet The Florida Gators
There really isn’t much reason to back the Gators (17-12 SU, 13-13 ATS) in this contest besides the fact that they’re playing at home. Florida has lost three straight games including their 96-91 loss against LSU on Saturday as a 1.5-point road dog.
John Egbunu scored a career-high 22 points for Florida but missed a whopping seven free throws in the loss. “We have really put ourselves in a tough situation,” Egbunu said in reference to Florida’s NCAA tournament chances. “We have to dig ourselves out of it.” Kasey Hill scored 16 and Devin Robinson added 15 for Florida.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Kentucky has won four straight in this SEC rivalry including their 80-61 beatdown as a 7-point home favorite on February 6. The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games against a team with a winning straight up record.
The Gators are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall and a dismal 0-4 ATS in their last four home games. While the home team in this series is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings, the Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. The Wildcats get the win by 10 to cover the spread as a favorite of about eight points.
My final score prediction: Kentucky 79 Florida 69