The Florida Gators (19-4) will travel to Lexington to take on the Kentucky Wildcats (23-1) in a Southeastern Conference affair inside Rupp Arena on Tuesday night.
Florida Gators at Kentucky Wildcats
Florida has won seven games in a row and will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak in this particular series Tuesday night. “There’s no pressure on us, going into Rupp, just playing our game,” commented Gators guard Kenny Boynton. Six of the past eight meetings in the series have been decided by single digits. Under current coach Billy Donovan, the program is 2-0 versus the top-ranked team in the nation, but both of those victories came in the NCAA Tournament. Florida is 2-0 ATS as a road underdog of 6.5 to 9 points this season.
The Gators come into this SEC showdown with five players averaging in double figures, with Boynton leading the way in scoring 17.6 points per game. Florida is 3-12 on the road versus Kentucky under Donovan, with the program’s last win at Rupp coming on Feb. 10, 2007. Offensively, the team ranks ninth nationally and first in the conference in scoring 80.1 points per game, leading the nation with 241 three-point shots made.
Kentucky is on a serious role in winning its last four games by double-digits, which includes an 86-52 blowout win over the South Carolina Gamecocks as 11.5-point road favorites. The Wildcats will need to defend the three-point line in this contest to pull out a victory, giving up a combined 20 3-pointers in their two closest games of the season. The team holds the nation’s longest home winning streak at 48 games, with 47 of those coming in tonight’s venue. Kentucky is 4-9 ATS at home this season.
The Wildcats have five players averaging double-figures in scoring, with freshman center Anthony Davis leading the way in scoring 13.9 points per game. He also leads the country in averaging 4.8 blocked shots per game. Kentucky is 65-2 at home when playing as the No. 1 team in the country. It’s also important to note that the program is 7-0 against Florida when playing as the top-ranked side.
Bettors will likely back the Gators due to their 9-4-1 ATS mark in the last 14 meetings, while the Wildcats are 3-9-1 ATS versus teams with a winning record.
Recommendation: Florida Gators +10
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