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North Florida vs Kentucky Pick & Preview: Wednesday, November 23rd Betting Odds
Ospreys vs Wildcats Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: North Florida Ospreys at Kentucky Wildcats
- Where: Lexington at Rupp Arena
- Date: Wednesday, November 23rd
- Betting Odds: North Florida +26.5, NFL +3000 | UK -12462 O/U 150.5
The North Florida Ospreys head into today’s game in what will be their 5th game of the season, posting a record of 1-3. On the road, the Ospreys will be playing their 3rd games of the season, having gone 0-3. So far, the Ospreys have been the underdog 3 times, going 0-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +26.5 underdogs on the spread.
North Florida will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jarius Hicklen who is averaging 15.25 points per game for the Ospreys. Hicklen is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Jarius Hicklen will be looking for additional help in the scoring deparment, as the team’s is going to be without Carter Hendricksen. Through 4 games he is 2nd on the team at 14.5 points per contest. Overall, he has connected on 33.3% of his field goal attempts.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for North Florida this season, as they are currently ranked 283rd in college basketball at 68.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Ospreys’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.9%, placing them 259th in the NCAA.
Kentucky heads into this matchup having played 5 games and have an overall record sitting at 3-2. This will be the team’s 6th straight game at home this year. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Wildcats as the -26.5 point favorites. The Wildcats have been favored 4 times, going 3-1 straight up.
Kentucky will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Antonio Reeves who is averaging 13.2 points per game for the Wildcats. Reeves is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Wildcats’ offensive gameplan is the play of Cason Wallace who has hit 58.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.6 points per game.
Kentucky comes into today’s matchup vs North Florida, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.5 points per game. Through 5 games, they have hit 48.4% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Wildcats’ have prefered to slow the game down, ranking 456th in possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: Kentucky Wildcats -26.5
When it comes to getting a bet down for this game, our model points to Kentucky coming away with both a straight up and ATS win over North Florida as -26.5 point favorites. Kentucky should feel comfortable with the pace of this game, as North Florida also prefers to slow the game down. In addition, we like how the Wildcats’ have been peforming well when favored to win, as they have made bettors money of late. In Kentucky’s previous 5 games as the favorite, they are 3-2 vs the spread. We will be riding that trend and cashing in on the Kentucky Wildcats to win and cover vs North Florida.
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