Florida at Kentucky – NCAAB Picks & Predictions

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Florida at Kentucky – NCAAB Picks & Predictions

Author: Erik Gibbs | Publish Date: January 31, 2024 | Last Updated: January 31, 2024

An important Southeastern Conference battle is upcoming on Wednesday night as the Florida Gators (14-6) travel to Rupp Arena to face the #10 Kentucky Wildcats (15-4).

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Head-To-Head: Florida vs. Kentucky

The Gators are seeking their fourth straight win in the conference and have moved up into a tie for sixth place, just a game behind the Wildcats at 4-3. In their last game on Saturday, Florida beat the Georgia Bulldogs 102-98 in overtime.

Kentucky has had recent struggles, losing on the road to Texas A&M and South Carolina to post a 3-2 record in their last five games. They’re in a three-way tie for third in the SEC standings with a 5-2 record, one game behind conference-leading Alabama. The Wildcats bounced back from their loss to the Gamecocks to get a 63-57 win at Arkansas in their previous contest.           

The Gators and Wildcats have faced each other 149 times since 1927, with Kentucky holding a 108-41 advantage. They have met on five occasions in the SEC Championship game, with the Wildcats winning three times. Kentucky won 87-85 the last time these two teams met on January 6.

How to Bet on Florida vs. Kentucky

Bettors can wager on Wednesday’s matchup between Florida and Kentucky at any legal online sportsbook in the country, where they’ll find competitive odds among the many college basketball betting markets.

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Florida vs. Kentucky Odds

No betting lines have yet been posted for Wednesday’s matchup between Florida and Kentucky. The Gators were -3.5 favorites in their last game, which the Wildcats won by two points. The teams also combined to go over the set total of 170 points for the game.   

Betting Tips for Florida vs. Kentucky

Florida has a 9-1 record this season when favored on the moneyline. They’re also 2-8 against the spread in their last 10 road games and 0-5 in their previous five games against Kentucky.

Kentucky is 10-4 in the last 14 games against SEC opponents, and the total has gone over in all nine of their previous home games. The total has gone over in 14 of their last 17 games overall. 

The Wildcats are 10-1 at Rupp Arena this season, with their only loss coming to then #1-ranked Kansas, 89-84 on November 1.

Florida vs. Kentucky Predictions

Florida has beaten opponents by an average of 8.6 points and has the eighth-best offense in the country, averaging 85.4 points per game. They also lead the nation in rebounding at 44.6 per game while allowing 34.8 to opponents. 

The Gators are led by junior PG Walter Clayton Jr., who averages 15.9 points per game and shoots 43.1% from beyond the arc. He scored 23 points in the first game vs. Kentucky with no turnovers.

Kentucky averaged 62.5 points in their previous two games, well below their season average of 88.5, which is fourth in the country. They shot just 36.5% in the last game against Arkansas while being outrebounded 44-39. However, the Gators are also one of the top offensive teams in college basketball, meaning the Wildcats need to have the same defensive effort they had against the Razorbacks if they hope to defend their home court.

Prediction: Florida +6.5

Erik Gibbs

Erik is a dynamic and seasoned journalist with a passion for all things sports and sports betting. With a career spanning over two decades, he has become a prominent figure in the world of sports journalism, admired for his insightful analysis and engaging storytelling.