Auburn Tigers vs. Florida Gators
The Florida Gators and the Auburn Tigers meet on Tuesday in SEC college basketball action. The Gators are -17.5 point favorites over the Tigers with an over/under point total set at 134.5.
The Florida Gators can’t say they didn’t have their chances to win the SEC this season but a series sweep to Tennessee and a beat down in Lexington have been their undoing as Billy Donovan’s team is not going to catch Kentucky in the standings. UF is 9-3 in the SEC, 13-1 at home this season, and they are in second place in the conference standings. Kenny Boynton is averaging 17.5 points, Bradley Beal is averaging 14.6 points and 6.3 rebounds, Erving Walker is averaging 12.4 points and 4.9 rebounds, and Patric Young is averaging 10.7 points and 6.3 rebounds. As a team Florida is averaging 78.9 points and they are shooting 46.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.5 points per game and their opponents are shooting 42.3 percent. Florida is the best three point shooting team in the nation but taking too many three pointers and taking them too early in the shot clock has caused problems for them.
The Auburn Tigers are a young group and Tony Barbee’s team has been playing hard but they obviously still have a lot of work to do. Auburn is 4-8 in the SEC, 1-8 on the road this season, and they are in 10th place in the conference standings. Frankie Sullivan is averaging 12.5 points, Kenny Gabriel is averaging 12.3 points and 7.8 rebounds, and Varez Ward is averaging 9.2 points. As a team Auburn is averaging 63.6 points and they are shooting 42.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 64.2 points and their opponents are shooting 40.5 percent. Auburn will definitely be a team we will be keeping in our back pocket for next year.
Florida is 4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 2-7 against the spread following a cover, and 4-0 against the spread following a win by 20 or more points. Auburn is 9-2 against the spread in their last 11 games overall, 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games, and 7-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record.
This is simply a monster number and while the Gators are great at home and are coming off of a huge win, I have to take the points and Auburn here.
Auburn Tigers +17.5 Florida Gators