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Tennessee vs. Florida - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Florida at Tennessee
Date & Time Saturday February 9, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
Thompson-Boling Arena
Knoxville, Tennessee
The Line
The Line: Tennessee -11 -- Over/Under: 138.5
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Thompson-Boling Arena.

The Florida Gators look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Florida Gators are averaging 68.7 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 63.4 points on 41.4 percent shooting. KeVaughn Allen is averaging 12.9 points and 2.6 rebounds while Noah Locke is averaging 11.4 points and 2.4 rebounds. Andrew Nembhard is dishing 5.6 assists and Kevarrius Hayes is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Florida Gators are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. The Florida Gators are allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.1 rebounds per game. The Florida Gators have lost four of their last six road games.

The Tennessee Volunteers look for another win to build on their 17-game winning streak. The Tennessee Volunteers are averaging 86 points on 51.5 percent shooting and allowing 67.6 points on 39.2 percent shooting. Grant Williams is averaging 20.1 points and 3.4 assists while Admiral Schofield is averaging 16.6 points and 6.3 rebounds. Jordan Bone is the third double-digit scorer and Lamonte Turner is grabbing 2.1 rebounds. The Tennessee Volunteers are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Tennessee Volunteers are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.4 rebounds per game. The Tennessee Volunteers haven’t lost a home game since January 2 of last year.

The Gators are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Southeastern, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Volunteers are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Gators are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Tennessee and the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Volunteers last 5 home games. The under is 13-3 in Gators last 16 road games.

The Florida Gators had their chances to beat the Tennessee Volunteers in the earlier meeting this year, but they then fell apart in the last five minutes and ended up losing by double digits. It's the story of the Gators season, close by no cigar. The Tennessee Volunteers shoot 51.6 percent from the field and are winning by an average of 21.9 points at home this season. Florida has the athletes and the defense to compete with anybody in the country, and it's a team that's shown this. The problem is the Gators lack the offense and overall shotmaking to close the deal, so they lose and often fail to cover. I have no choice but to eat the chalk with the Vols, as I have no confidence in Florida.

Pick:
Tennessee -11

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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