Vanderbilt vs. Florida Pick
Can No. 17 Florida hold off a surging Vanderbilt team when the two meet tonight at 7PM ET in the SEC Tournament quarterfinal?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Florida is favored in this game, as the Gators are getting odds of -6 points against Vanderbilt. The over/under total is listed at 135.5 points. Vanderbilt actually won both meetings with Florida this season and the Commodores have won four straight against the Gators. Today’s game will be held from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
Vanderbilt picked up a 66-41 win over Texas A&M last night to move to 18-14 on the season. The Commodores have won six of their last seven and covered the spread in all seven games. They are now 19-11 against the spread this season while averaging 71.5 points per game on offense and allowing 68.1 on defense. Matthew Fisher-Davis is leading the team with 13.8 points per game while Luke Kornet is adding 13.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest.
Florida actually ended its regular season with a 73-71 loss at Vandy to drop to 24-7 on the season and 14-4 in the SEC. The Gators are 17-12 against the spread as well this season. Florida is averaging 78.8 points per game on offense while allowing 66.4 on defense. KeVaughn Allen is averaging 13.9 points to lead Florida while Canyon Barry is adding 12.5 points per contest.
It’s had to beat a team three times, especially when you are the underdog all three times. Florida should be motivated to win this game, but the Commodores are playing at a much higher level than their record indicates. Their lone loss over nearly a month was to Kentucky on the road by six points. They have also covered in eight straight games as an underdog.
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