The SEC crown will be at stakes when the 13th-ranked Florida Gators visit the 11th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats this weekend, both are 13-2 in league play. The NCAA hoops betting odds favor UK by 4-points to beat Florida. Tip-off is this Saturday, February 25th at 2:00 PM ET on CBS from Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.
Both have accounted for at least a share of each of the previous seven regular-season SEC titles. The Gators’ 22-point win over UK on Feb. 4 was Florida’s largest in the 90-year series.
Florida Gators Vs Kentucky Wildcats Spread & ATS Pick
What: No. 13 Florida Gators (23-5) at No. 11 Kentucky Wildcats (23-5)
When: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Start Time: 2:00 PM ET
Where: Lexington, Kentucky
Stadium: Rupp Arena
Spread: UK -4
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Florida vs Kentucky
Why Bet The Florida Gators To Beat The Wildcats
The Gators are on a roll, winning their last nine, including an easy 81-66 win against South Carolina in their last outing. They are 23-5 SU and 17-9 ATS this season. They average 79.6 points per game (46th) and give up 65.9 points per game (46th).
Florida shoots 45.4% from the field (121st) and 36.6% from three-point land (113th). Sophomore guard KeVaughn Allen (13.6 PPG & 2.6 RPG) shot 5-7 from the field for 26 points against the Gamecocks. He went to the free-throw line 14 times, making 13. Junior forward Devin Robinson added 14 points.
"We’re at home. We’ve got to knock down those shots at the crib," Robinson said after the win against South Carolina. "We just shot with confidence. Coach told us to let it fly, let it go, play defense, rebound, and the rest would handle itself."
The Gators average 37.5 rebounds, (89th), 13.0 assists (221st) and 7.93 steals per game. Florida has a +13.71 point differential this season. Junior center John Egbunu leads the team with 6.6 rebounds per game and senior guard Kasey Hill is tops with 1.8 steals.
Why Bet The Kentucky Wildcats To Beat The Gators
The Kentucky Wildcats took down Missouri 72-62 in their last outing to win their fifth game in a row. They are 23-5 SU and 15-12 ATS this season. They average 88.2 points per game (4th) and allow 72.8 points per game (Tied-196th).
The Wildcats shoot 48.2% from the field (25th) and 35.4% from three-point land (165th). Freshman forward Edrice Adebayo (13.0 PPG & 7.4 RPG) put up a double-double against the Tigers with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Freshman guard De’Aaron Fox (15.6 PPG & 5.4 APG) added 13 points.
"The only thing I told them after was `You know we’re not where we need to be," Kentucky coach John Calipari said despite the win. "We’ve got to start getting better, and I also said we’ve got guys in the room who aren’t playing confident enough."
Kentucky averages 40.4 rebounds per game (10th), 16.4 assists (Tied-30th) and 6.29 steals. They have a +15.39 point differential this season. Freshman forward Edrice Adebayo leads the team with 6.9 rebounds per game and De’Aaron Fox is tops with 1.6 steals.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Kentucky has won and covered the spread in four of their last five games against Florida.
- Seven of the last ten games in the series ended UNDER the game total.
Florida Vs UK Pick
Kentucky will be looking for revenge for their 22-point loss to the Gators earlier this season, but their rim protection struggles make UK a tough bet. The Gators made 56% of their shots inside the arc in that game. Opponents have made 61.6% of their shots at the rim agasint the Wildcats.
The Gators will miss injured 6-foot-11 center Egbunu.
I am betting on Florida to cover the spread.