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NCAAB Florida vs Kentucky Odds, Preview & Expert Pick

Written by on February 4, 2016

After their shocking upset at Tennessee on Tuesday night, the #20 Kentucky Wildcats limp home to face the Florida Gators on Saturday afternoon. Tipoff for the game is at 4:00pm Eastern time, the updated NCAAB Betting Lines will be available 12-24 hours before game time. The Gators are rolling right now, having knocked off West Virginia last weekend and beaten Arkansas at home, 87-83, on Wednesday night. Let’s examine this SEC matchup.

NCAAB Florida vs Kentucky Odds, Preview & Expert Pick

Date/Time: Saturday, February 6, 4:00 PM
Location: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky
TV: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, SEC NetworkRadio: Florida, KentuckyLive Streaming: TBA

Why should you bet on Kentucky Betting Lines?

When Kentucky is rolling, there are few teams in the NCAA that can stay with them. In the first 14:16 of their game at Tennessee, they rolled out to a 21-point lead. Unfortunately, the rest of the way, Tennessee outscored the Wildcats by 28 to take the win. A similar trend happens when Kentucky lost at #4 Kansas last weekend: they took a double-digit lead on the Jayhawks’ home floor but then melted down under pressure as Kansas took the game. The fact that Kentucky can be so dynamic on offense and defense is a good sign — if they can expand it to a 40-minute performance instead of losing focus when the other team starts to mount a rally. Kentucky has been able to make that change before; in the 2013-14 season, Kentucky limped through conference play and only had a #8 seed in the NCAA tournament. However, they figured things out during March Madness, when they knocked off undefeated Wichita State and the defending champs in Louisville, making it all the way to the finals. Coach John Calipari could lead a similar transformation now — and Florida could be that first victim.

Why should you put your money on the Gators Odds?

The Gators are coalescing around the strong play of senior forward Dorian Finney-Smith. He put together a 22-point, none-board effort against Arkansas, going over 20 points for the fourth time in the Gators’ last five contests, and Florida has won five of their last six. It’s true that the Razorbacks were able to mount a big comeback, knocking down four shots from downtown in the last minute. However, the Gators’ cool confidence at the free throw line allowed them to hold on for the victory. Florida had a comfortable lead for most of this game as well, showing that first-year coach Mike White is leading a successful transformation after the Billy Donovan era. They shut down a Razorback squad that had won two in a row.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Remember that the Gators knocked off #9 West Virginia in the SEC-Big 12 challenge last Saturday. They are peaking at a good time in conference play, and Kentucky still has to figure out how to win games. I’m picking Florida to come in and steal one on the road, winning 77-74.