Florida Gators vs. Kentucky Wildcats
The Florida Gators and the Kentucky Wildcats face off on Tuesday in Gainesville in a SEC college basketball match up. The Gators are -11.5 point favorites over the Wildcats with an over/under point total set at 134.
The Florida Gators control their own destiny in the SEC and despite a hiccup a week ago at Arkansas they have dominated the conference thus far. Florida is 9-1 in the SEC, 11-0 at home, and they have a game lead in the SEC standings. As a team Florida is averaging 74.2 points, 15.9 assists, and they are shooting 49.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 52.7 points, 9.9 assists, and their opponents are shooting 37 percent. Kenny Boynton is averaging 13.1 points, Erik Murphy is averaging 12.9 points, Mike Rosario is averaging 12.5 points, and Patric Young is averaging 10.8 points and 6.6 rebounds. Florida’s wins have been decisive and most see UF as being a factor as we get closer to March Madness.
The Kentucky Wildcats have been improving and they have won their last five games in a row. UK is 8-2 in the SEC, 4-3 on the road this season, but they are 0-3 against teams ranked in the top 25. As a team Kentucky is averaging 76 points, 14.7 assists, and they are shooting 48.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 62.5 points, 10.5 assists, and their opponents are shooting 37.8 percent. Archie Goodwin is averaging 14.2 points, Alex Poythress is averaging 12.3 points and 6.4 rebounds, Kyle Wiltjer is averaging 11.7 points, and Nerlens Noel is averaging 10.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 4.5 blocks per game. Kentucky is making the transformation from a team of raw talent to a team talented enough to shake things up in the NCAA Tournament.
Florida is 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 games overall, 8-2 against the spread following a win, and 3-10 against the spread against the SEC. Kentucky is 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games overall, 3-10 against the spread against the SEC, and 9-20-1 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover the spread. The road team is 3-1-1 against the spread in the last five meetings of these two.
The total is set at 134 but the numbers between these two generally runs higher and while both of these teams can play defense look for this one to go over the total.