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Florida vs Kentucky Pick & Preview: Saturday, February 4th Betting Odds
Gators vs Wildcats Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Florida Gators at Kentucky Wildcats
- Where: Lexington at Rupp Arena
- Date: Saturday, February 4th
- Betting Odds: Florida +5, FL +178 | UK -221 O/U 134.5
Florida will take the floor against the Wildcats with an overall record of 13-9. On the road, the Gators will be playing their 10th game of the season, having gone 4-6. So far, the Gators have been the underdog 7 times, going 2-5 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +5 underdogs on the spread.
Colin Castleton comes into today’s game as the Gators’ leading scorer at 15.14 points per contest. Not only has Castleton been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Florida’s top rebounder at 7.68 boards per contest. Behind Castleton, the team has benefited from the strong play of Will Richard, who is second on the team in scoring at 10.14 points per game. Overall, he has hit 46.9% of his shots and is adding 4.57 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Florida this season, as they are currently ranked 212th in college basketball at 70.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Gators’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.7%, placing them 437th in the NCAA.
Heading into today’s matchup vs Florida, the Kentucky Wildcats will be taking the floor for the 23rd time this season and have an overall record of 15-7. Currently, the Wildcats have been the home team 17 times, sitting with a record of 12-5. The Wildcats’ are sitting with a betting line that is -5 points in their favor. For the season, Kentucky has been favored to win in 18 games, sitting with a mark of 14-4.
Oscar Tshiebwe comes into today’s game as the Wildcats’ leading scorer at 16.5 points per contest. Not only has Tshiebwe been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Kentucky’s top rebounder at 13.55 boards per contest. Behind Tshiebwe, the team has benefited from the strong play of Antonio Reeves, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.36 points per game. Overall, he has hit 42.9% of his shots and is adding 2.18 boards per game.
Kentucky comes into today’s matchup vs Florida, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.5 points per game. Through 22 games, they have hit 48.4% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Wildcats have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 456th in possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: Kentucky Wildcats -5
Leading into this matchup, the Kentucky Wildcats are currently the favorites to pick up the win, with a spread sitting at -5. According to our analysis, we anticipate a strong offensive effort from the Wildcats’ shooters to be enough to pull out the win and cover the spread. For the season, Kentucky has a field goal percentage of 48.4, good for 30th in college basketball. Although Kentucky hasn’t been excellent vs the spread at home of late, 5-5, we see their still being plenty of value in grabbing them at -5.