Florida vs. Kentucky - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kentucky Wildcats (21-9) at Florida Gators (19-11)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Stephen O'Connell Center)
The Line: Florida Gators -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Kentucky Wildcats and Florida Gators meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Exactech Arena.
The Kentucky Wildcats look for another victory to build on their four-game winning streak. The Kentucky Wildcats are averaging 77.2 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 70.9 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Kevin Knox is averaging 15.8 points and 5.4 rebounds while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 13 points and 4.9 assists. Hamidou Diallo is the third double-digit scorer and PJ Washington is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Kentucky Wildcats are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 69.8 percent from the free throw line. The Kentucky Wildcats are allowing 29.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.4 rebounds per game. The Kentucky Wildcats have lost four of their last six road games.
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The Florida Gators need a win here after splitting their last 14 games. The Florida Gators are averaging 76.1 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 69.2 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Jalen Hudson is averaging 15.4 points and four rebounds while Egor Koulechov is averaging 13.7 points and 1.3 assists. Chris Chiozza is the third double-digit scorer and KeVaughn Allen is dishing 2.1 assists. The Florida Gators are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. The Florida Gators are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.4 rebounds per game. The Florida Gators have split their last six home games.
The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Southeastern and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Gators are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 home games. The Wildcats are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings, the home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Both of these clubs have been tough to figure out, as Kentucky has been hit or miss all season long and aren't good on the road, while the Florida Gators looked like a title contender earlier in the year and has fallen to become just another inconsistent SEC squad. It's hard to predict what will happen here. With that being said, Florida did beat Kentucky on the road this season and is probably the better team when both play to their potential. I'll lay the reasonable line, but this is probably a pass.