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Arkansas vs. Florida - 3/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida Gators (20-11) at Arkansas Razorbacks (22-10)

College Basketball: Friday, March 9, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Scottrade Center)

The Line: Florida Gators -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: SEC

The Arkansas Razorbacks and Florida Gators meet Friday in the college basketball SEC Tournament quarterfinals at the Scottrade Center.

The Arkansas Razorbacks look for another victory after beating South Carolina on Thursday. The Arkansas Razorbacks are averaging 82 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 75.7 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Jaylen Barford is averaging 17.9 points and 3.9 rebounds while Daryl Macon is averaging 17.1 points and four assists. Daniel Gafford is the third double-digit scorer and Anton Beard is dishing three assists. The Arkansas Razorbacks are shooting 40.1 percent from beyond the arc and 67 percent from the free throw line. The Arkansas Razorbacks are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game. The Arkansas Razorbacks have won four of their last five neutral site games. 

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Arkansas vs. Florida - 3/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Florida Gators enter this tournament splitting their last 12 games. The Florida Gators are averaging 76.2 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 69.1 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Jalen Hudson is averaging 15.6 points and 3.9 rebounds while Egor Koulechov is averaging 13.8 points and 1.2 assists. Chris Chiozza is the third double-digit scorer and KeVaughn Allen is dishing 2.3 assists. The Florida Gators are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72 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 won three of their last five neutral site games.

The Razorbacks are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Southeastern, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Friday games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Gators are 1-3-2 ATS in their last 6 Friday games. The Razorbacks are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

The Florida Gators smoked Arkansas in the only meeting this season and has won eight straight against the Razorbacks overall. Florida hasn't lost to Arkansas in over five years. The Arkansas Razorbacks have the offensive firepower to beat anybody in the SEC, but the Gators are the better team and have Final Four potential when they're playing to their full potential. Florida has been hit or miss the last couple of months, but if there was ever a time to turn things on, it's tournament time. Expect the real Gators to show up here, especially with the rest advantage.

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