Florida Gators vs. Kentucky Wildcats
The Florida Gators and the Kentucky Wildcats face off on Sunday in the Championship Game of the SEC Tournament, their third meeting of the season. The Gators are -5.5 point favorites over the Wildcats with an over/under point total set at 130.
The Florida Gators looked to be in deep trouble in their semifinal matchup against Tennessee but once again they rallied to get the win and advance to this game. Florida is 20-0 in the SEC and 4-0 in neutral site games this season. Casey Prather is the Gators leading scorer averaging 14.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Scottie Wilbekin is the SEC player of the year and is averaging 13 points, Michael Frazier II is averaging 12.8 points, and Patric Young is averaging 1 points and 6. Rebounds and is coming off of a huge game on Saturday. Florida is averaging 71 points and they are shooting 46.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 57.9 points and their opponents are shooting 40 percent. Florida is ranked number one in the nation and their conference winning streak is a record breaker.
The Kentucky Wildcats battled for the majority of their game on Saturday with the Georgia Bulldogs but they were able to put them away and win decisively. Kentucky is 14-6 in the SEC, 3-2 in neutral site games, and 1-4 against teams ranked in the top 25. Aaron Harrison was the star on Saturday with 22 points and for the season he is averaging 13.8 points. Julius Randle is averaging 15.3 points and 10.6 rebounds, James Young is averaging 14.6 points, and Andrew Harrison is averaging 10.8 points. Kentucky is averaging 76.4 points and they are shooting 45.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.8 points and their opponents are shooting 40.3 percent. Kentucky will be looking to avenge their tow losses to Florida this season.
Florida is 5-0 against the spread in their last five games, 4-0 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 4-0 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. Kentucky is 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five neutral site games, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games, and 1-4 against the spread following a win. Florida has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
My pick in this one is going to be on the total and the over is a solid play here.