(20-10, 13-12 ATS)
(28-2, 16-12 ATS)
The final day of the college basketball betting regular season kicks off at high noon with a critical clash between the Florida Gators and the Kentucky Wildcats. The Cats knows that one more win either today or in the SEC Tournament will most likely sew up the #1 seed in the East Bracket. The situation is far more dire for Florida, though. The Gators are surely one of the last four teams either in or out of the NCAA Tournament. Many look at this game is a situation that can only help UF out, but the bottom line is that it is going to need either a win in this one or a couple in the SEC Tournament to feel like it is in decent shape.
Depth has been a huge issue for HC Billy Donovan’s crew all season long. Yes, the top five scorers are all averaging in double digits for the season, but beyond that, no one is scoring even five points per game, and only F Dan Werner is playing more than 13 minutes per night. Florida’s defense must step up in a big way to keep the big guns for the Wildcats contained, and even though it seems impossible to keep them to their 64.7 points per game allowed average, a number somewhere in that neck of the woods is vital for success.
Those big boys for Kentucky are determined to place the Gators into a very tenuous spot going into next week. G John Wall is going to be the most talented player on the court at any moment in this one. He’s the Wildcats’ best guard at 17.1 points and 6.1 assists per game, both of which are tops on the team. Unfortunately though, he’s also #1 in turnovers at exactly 4.0 per game, which has drawn the ire of HC John Calipari all season. The trees in the middle, F DeMarcus Cousins and F Patrick Patterson are combining to average 30.9 points and 17.7 rebounds per game.
In the first NCAA basketball betting bash of the year between these two, Kentucky came away with a comfortable 89-77 win in Gainesville. G Eric Bledsoe scored 25 points, while the big three for UK dropped a combined 47. Florida only shot 38.2% from the floor. If a repeat performance is in the cards, this one could get very ugly at Rupp Arena. This is a hefty pointspread, but the Cats should cover it if no one for the Gators catches fire.
Selection: Kentucky Wildcats
The home team in this series is 5-1 ATS in their L/6 NCAA basketball betting affairs. Bookmaker Sportsbook currently has a college basketball betting line of Kentucky -11.5 for you to dig into right now!