Florida Gators vs. Kentucky Wildcats NCAAB Preview
Where: Rupp Arena – Lexington, KY
When: Saturday, February 25, 2017 – 2:00 PM ET
Line: Florida Gators vs. Kentucky Wildcats – view all NCAAB lines
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Betting on the Florida Gators (23-5, 13-2 SEC)
The last month has been smooth sailing for the Gators. They have now racked up nine straight wins (7-2 ATS) after getting upset by Vanderbilt in late January. In that span, they are winning by an average of 21 points and holding opponents to under 37 percent shooting.
One of those wins was against the Wildcats last February 4th. The 88-66 rout had the Gators posting their highest-scoring output against any ranked team this season. KeVaughn Allen (13.6 PPG), who paces the team in scoring, had a quiet night and only went 4-for-12 from the field for 12 points. His two co-starters, however, Devin Robinson and Kasey Hill, stepped up in place, highlighted by Hill pouring in a season-high 21 points to go along five rebounds and six assists.
As per Kenpom.com, Florida currently has the fourth-ranked defense and 25th-ranked offense in the nation. Their stout D has them allowing the fewest points (66.6 PPG), threes, and assists in the SEC, while also recording the most steals.
Betting on the Kentucky Wildcats (23-5, 13-2 SEC)
Tuesday night wasn’t an easy grind for the Wildcats. The lowly Missouri Tigers were pesky and able to build off the energy of their home crowd, and only head to the break trailing by a point.
Being a talent-filled roster with a coach in John Calipari’s caliber, the ‘Cats pulled it together and came home with a hard-fought 72-62 win. It was their fifth consecutive victory.
As they try to once again seek revenge over a loss, we should see an aggressive bunch from Kentucky, especially their leader and “elder statesman” Isaiah Briscoe, who committed four turnovers and only shot 3-for-10 for six points in the aforementioned meeting with the Gators.
The sophomore wasn’t alone in struggling in that game, though. In fact, the team shot a season-low 37.7 percent, and Malik Monk and DeAaron Fox were the lone Wildcats to reach double-digit points
The two guards are great scorers (Monk – 21.1 PPG, Fox – 15.5 PPG) and we can expect them provide the goods again. They help power the Wildcats to rank ninth overall on offensive efficiency and first in the SEC in points (85.3 PPG) and shooting (48 percent).
Kentucky is 15-2 at home this season (10-7 ATS).
The Wildcats get back a W, 95-80, and gets solo lead in the conference.
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