Florida Gators vs. Tennessee Volunteers
The Tennessee Volunteers and the Florida Gators face off on Tuesday in Knoxville in a SEC college basketball match up. The Gators are -8.5 point favorites over the Volunteers with an over/under point total set at 125.
The Tennessee Volunteers are one of the hottest teams in the nation as they continue their late season push to make the NCAA Tournament. Tennessee has won five games in a row, they are 8-6 in the SEC, 11-3 at home, but 0-3 against teams ranked in the top 25. As a team Tennessee is averaging 66.4 points, 10.7 assists, and they are shooting 43.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 62.8 points, 10.9 assists, and their opponents are shooting 41.4 percent. Jordan McCrae is averaging 14.9 points, Jarnell Stokes is averaging 12.8 points and 9.0 rebounds, and Trae Golden is averaging 12.2 points. Tennessee seems to make a late season run every year and this just looks to be another one of them.
The Florida Gators have been on top of the SEC standings all season and they are ranked number five in the nation. UF is 12-2 in the SEC, 7-3 on the road this season, and they have a RPI of four headed into this game. As a team Florida is averaging 73.7 points, 16 assists, and they are shooting 49.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 53.1 points, 10 assists, and their opponents are shooting 37.3 percent. Kenny Boynton is averaging 12.9 points, Mike Rosario is averaging 13 points, Erik Murphy is averaging 12.5 points, and Patric Young is averaging 10.3 points and 6.5 rebounds. Florida is a borderline number one seed but they are going to have to win out to have a realistic chance at it.
Tennessee is 5-0 against the spread in their last five games overall, 4-0 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 2-7 against the spread in their last nine home games against a team with a winning road record. Florida is 6-2 against the spread in their last eight road games, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games overall, and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The underdog has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
The total in this one seems to have been set too far to the low side and I have this one going over.