Bet the Kentucky Wildcats at Florida Gators College Basketball LineJosh Bailey
16th ranked Kentucky (21-8, 11-5 SEC) travels to Florida (17-12, 8-8 SEC) to battle the Gators in a game that the Wildcats needs to win big in order to move up the rankings. The game takes place at the O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida. Tip-off is at 7:00 pm ET on March 1
Florida has lost 4 out of its last 5 straight-up. LSU beat Florida 96 to 91 in its last game. Kentucky goes into this game having lost 2 out of its last 3. Both losses were on the road. On the road is where Kentucky finds itself on Tuesday night.
A Closer Look at How To Bet the No. 16 Kentucky Wildcats at Florida Gators College Basketball Line
The college basketball betting line favors Kentucky by 3-ponits to beat Florida. Kentucky’s ATS record has been abysmal this season. Overall, the Wildcats are a losing 13 and 16. In road games this season, Kentucky has gone a horrible 3 and 7 ATS. Florida is 13-13-1 ATS overall this season. The Gators are a decent 6 and 5 ATS in home games this season.
What: No. 16 Kentucky Wildcats (21-8) at Florida Gators (17-12)
When: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Start Time: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Gainesville, Florida
Stadium: Stephen C. O’Connell Center
Spread: Kentucky -3
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Kentucky vs Florida
Bet The No. 16 Kentucky Wildcats Because…
This is close to being a must win game for Kentucky. The Wildcats have fluctuated between a Top 10 ranking and a ranking in the Top 25 for a while. Due to their 12 point loss to Vanderbilt in their last, the Wildcats are now ranked 22nd. Kentucky has to make its way back up the rankings in order to secure a viable seed in the NCAA Tournament. Coach John Calipari can work his magic once the Wildcats get into the Big Dance, but they’ll need a decent seed in order for Calipari to work that magic.
Bet The Florida Gators Because…
Kentucky has been horrible in road games this season. A 3 and 7 ATS road record means that Kentucky is likely to play much worse on the road against Florida than it did at home. In the first game against these 2, Florida lost 61 to 85. College hoops handicappers should expect the Gators to be more fired up on Tuesday night than they were in that loss. Florida has lost 3 out of its last 4. But in home games, the Gators have gone 2 and 2 ATS in its last 4.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Kentucky has some issues, but they might just be better than the Florida Gators. The Gators have gone 1 and 7 ATS in their last 8 games. Vanderbilt drubbed the Gators 87 to 74 in a Florida home loss on Feb. 23.
Kentucky’s losses to Texas A&M in overtime at Texas A&M on Feb. 20 is understandable. Texas A&M is ranked 25th in the nation. With the win over Kentucky, the Vanderbilt Commodores have won 5 out of their last 6. Kentucky destroyed Alabama in a game sandwiched between the A&M and Vanderbilt losses.
It could be that Kentucky simply faced 2 tough teams on the road in A&M and Vandy. Florida should pose no problem to the Wildcats on March 1. I like Kentucky by at least 12 points.