Wildcats vs. Gators Prediction
The eighth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats have rolled to seven consecutive victories heading into today's road test at the Florida Gators. Can Kentucky make it eight in a row as the favorites here?
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Exactech Arena at 4PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Gators are a 3-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 130 points. As of Saturday morning, 90 percent of public bets are pouring in on visiting Kentucky. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Wildcats dominate Commodores
Kentucky won its seventh consecutive game Tuesday night with a commanding 87-52 victory at Vanderbilt. The Wildcats (17-3, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) cruised to a 45-15 halftime advantage on their way to the win. P.J. Washington paced Kentucky with 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting including 3-of-3 from 3-point range plus 5-of-6 at the free throw line. He also tallied 12 rebounds, three steals and two assists. Nick Richards accounted for 14 points and four blocked shots off the bench. Tyler Herro tallied 12 points, three boards, three steals and two assists. Keldon Johnson added 11 points and two assists. The Wildcats shot 30-of-54 from the field, 10-of-17 from 3-point range and 17-of-23 from the free throw line.
Gators win in overtime
Florida secured a 90-86 home win over Mississippi Wednesday night to improve to 12-8 overall and 4-3 in the SEC. The Gators led 33-30 at halftime before the Rebels tied it by the end of regulation, but Florida regained its composure and outscored Ole Miss 14-10 in the extra session. The Gators shot 31-of-63 from the floor, 11-of-26 from 3-point range and 17-of-22 at the free throw line. Noah Locke paced Florida with 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting including 6-of-11 from 3-point range plus 2-of-2 at the free throw line. He also grabbed four rebounds. KeVaughn Allen contributed 21 points, five assists and two boards. Keyontae Johnson tallied 15 points plus six caroms and two dimes. Andrew Nembhard added 12 points, six assists, four steals and three boards.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Wildcats are 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall. Kentucky is 5-1 ATS in its last six road games.
The Gators are 0-4 ATS in their last four home games. The underdog is 1-7 ATS in the last eight meetings.
Kentucky will go from one road game to the next, but a matchup at Florida will be much more difficult than a walk-through at a mediocre Vandy squad. The Gators typically play Kentucky tough and won last year at home over the Wildcats by a count of 80-67. The Wildcats are playing excellent basketball right now, but I'm going to bet on the home advantage plus a Florida team that needs to play excellent basketball the next few weeks to have a shot at the NCAA Tournament.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: FLORIDA GATORS +2.5