Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Gators vs. Wildcats CBB Odds
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2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(12-6) Florida Gators vs. Kentucky Wildcats (8-13)
Date: Saturday February 27, 2021
Time: 4:00 PM ET
Venue: Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: UK -2
CBB Betting Total: O/U 140.5
The Florida Gators look to get another big SEC win Saturday afternoon when they travel to the legendary Rupp Arena to take on the Kentucky Wildcats.
Neither team is ranked entering this game. Florida has won two games in a row and finds themselves 8-5 in a strong SEC group. Kentucky has had an uncharacteristic down season, but can sweep the season series against Florida with a win Saturday
Florida is essentially a lock to get back into the NCAA Tournament this season. The Gators have bounced back from an underwhelming season a year ago and find themselves in the thick of the SEC hunt entering March.
Florida has won two games in a row entering this contest following wins against Georgia and Auburn. The Gators defense was stellar in both games, allowing 120 points in the two games combined. The Gators allowed the Bulldogs and Tigers to shoot a combined 11 of 51 from deep and the Gators defensive ratings for the games were 76 and 71.
Florida has four different players averaging double figures: Tre Mann, Colin Castleton, Noah Locke and Tyree Appleby. Mann has put together a breakout campaign after a disappointing freshman season. The sophomore guard averages 14.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists a game.
The Gators average 76 points per game while allowing 70. Florida allows opponents to shoot just 31.5 percent from downtown and blocks the fifth most shots in the nation. Offensively, Florida shoots 35.5 percent from three-point land and 75 percent from the line.
Kentucky has won three straight after losing seven of their previous eight games. The Wildcats still have an uphill battle to reach the NCAA Tournament, but on the bright side, they’ve clawed their way back to .500 in conference play (7-7).
Kentucky is coming off a statement win on the road against ranked Tennessee, 70-55. The Wildcats played their most complete game of the season, shooting 7 of 14 from deep offensively while posting their defensive rating of the year.
Kentucky averages and allows 70 points a game. Freshman Brandon Boston leads the team with 11.9 points a game, with seniors Davion Mintz and Olivier Sarr also pitching in double digit points a game. Another key player for the Cats is Isaiah Jackson, who has anchored the defense with an absurd block percentage of 13.3.
Kentucky has made at leas seven threes in each of its last four games, as the Wildcats appear to be improving their outside shooting. Kentucky is still a defensive minded team that excels in crashing the glass, blocking shots and holding opponents in check from beyond the arc.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Florida are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Florida’s last 5 games.
- Florida are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games.
- Florida are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against Kentucky.
- Florida are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games against Kentucky.
- Kentucky are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games this season.
- Kentucky are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games against an opponent in the Southeastern conference.
Free Florida Gators vs. Kentucky Wildcats NCAAB Prediction: Florida ATS
Florida should be able to escape this game with a close one, but dependent on the spread, don’t be surprised if Kentucky covers. Kentucky already went to Gainesville and won by 18 earlier this year, and the Wildcats are now playing their best ball of the year.
Florida is still the much better offensive team, at least in terms of consistency. Both defenses have been playing well of late too, which should make this a hard-fought contest. I’m taking the Gators in a revenge spot.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Florida 73 Kentucky 71
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