College basketball has a great lineup of games scheduled for Saturday with an SEC showdown between Florida and Kentucky highlighting the docket.
Kentucky has been an enigma all season. The Wildcats are as talented as any college team in the country, but have played inconsistent and made it hard for statisticians to figure them out.
Depending on who you speak to the Wildcats are ranked as high as 14th or as low as 50th. The statistical formulas used are different and it is up to debate as well as to which formula is best. The Wildcats have at times started five freshmen.
Odds makers on Bovada and topbet currently have Florida as the number eighth ranked team and Kentucky 12th.
On Saturday, more will be found out about the Wildcats as they play the Florida Gators at Kentucky’s Rupp Arena. The Gators and Wildcats are one and two respectively in the SEC and the only two teams ranked in the conference.
Everyone knows that Florida is a legitimate contender for the national title, but the Gators have not won a game since 2007 in Rupp Arena. Odds makers at sportsbook.com and betonline are quick to point out that Billy Donovan, the head coach for Florida, is 2-8 SU against the Wildcats since John Calipari took over the reins for Kentucky.
Kentucky this season is 19-5 SU and 13-8-1 ATS. The Wildcats have won 22 straight home games and are 9-3 ATS this season at Rupp Arena. Overall, the Wildcats have won three straight and have played well against talented opponents.
However, the team has lost to mediocre teams such as LSU, Arkansas and Baylor, which makes it difficult when it comes to handicapping Kentucky.
With Florida, it is a different story. The Gators are 22-2 SU and 9-8-3 ATS and have won 16 straight games. The two losses suffered by Florida were at Connecticut and at Wisconsin earlier this season. The Gators biggest wins have been against Memphis, Kansas and twice versus Tennessee.
Five of the last six games between Florida and Kentucky have played to the UNDER, averaging just over a combined 129 points.
For both teams this is a big statement game. Kentucky looks for its fifth consecutive win, while Florida goes for number 17 in a row.
The Gators have reached this point thanks to their defense, which is giving up just fewer than 58 points per game.
The game should be low scoring. Florida has been UNDER in seven of its past nine games played.
The best option is taking the +2 points with Florida and the UNDER.
- More bettors have placed money on Arizona to win the national championship than any other school in the country. Second is Wichita State, then Kansas and Syracuse.
- Pittsburgh visits North Carolina following its heart breaking loss to Syracuse. Pittsburgh has lost five consecutive games against the spread. North Carolina has won five consecutive SU and ATS.