College Basketball Free Picks: How Will The Top 2 Seeds Do in the SEC on Friday?

Thursday, March 14, 2019 11:22 PM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019 11:22 PM UTC

LSU and Kentucky are the top seeds in the Southeastern Conference. On Friday, do they are cover the spread and stay on course for Sunday showdown?

Florida (19-13 SU, 13-19 ATS) vs. LSU (25-6, 22-9 ATS)

Friday, 1:00 pm ET (ESPN)

Free NCAAB Pick: Gators ATS

Best Line Offered: Intertops

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The Florida Gators Take a Bite Out of the LSU Tigers

LSU handled the first game after coach Will Wade was suspended for alleged reports of looking to pay players to come to LSU thru an intermediary. This week Wade refused to talk to NCAA and LSU officials about the incident(s) but has stated he feels he should coach the SEC's top-seeded team.

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Florida also handled something, in this case, Arkansas, with relative ease, ambushing them 66-50 as 3.5-point favorites to reach the SEC quarterfinals. Though many consider the Gators an enigma, with 14 losses, one thing we know, anytime Florida laces up the sneakers, they are capable of winning or losing any contest.

Coach Mike White and his players know what this game means for Florida. The Gators are perched at the top of the NCAA bubble and while they have solid numbers in the alphabet rankings (NET and RPI), they are not a lock. A victory over LSU, no matter if they have institutional problems are not, is huge. If Florida beats the college hoops odds of +2.5 and bests the Tigers, they help themselves immensely.

It's hard to say if the LSU players will be affected by what is going on around them. One aspect that will not bother the Tigers is a close contest. They split a pair with Florida, with both battles going into OT. In SEC action, Wade's team is 7-2 SU in games decided five or fewer points.

Though the Bengal Tigers are on a 16-5 ATS run and the swamp guys are 3-7 ATS after a cover, Florida is fearless of LSU and wins a close one over the preoccupied No.1 seed.

Alabama (18-14 SU, 14-18 ATS) vs. Kentucky (26-5, 18-11-1 ATS)

Friday, 7:00 pm ET (SECN)

Free NCAAB Pick: Wildcats ATS

Best Line Offered: YouWager

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Kentucky's Runnin' and Put Away Bama

Alabama did what they had to do against Mississippi, slow the Rebels to a crawl and they upset them 62-57 to send them as 3.5-point underdogs. To be honest, it could not have been more unlikely. The Crimson Tide was down 14 points at the half. For the game, they shot 40.7 percent, were 5-17 from three-point land and were a laughable 9-18 from the charity stripe. For good measure, they had 16 turnovers to Ole Miss at 9 but won because of a good defense and thoroughly dominating the glass at 49-30.

For all the Tide's hard work, the No.10 seed earns the right to play No. 2 Kentucky. The Tide has something on the Wildcats, they beat them 77-75 as five-point home underdogs in the SEC opener for both teams in early January. Since that time, Coach Cal's crew has grown up and enters this tournament on a 15-2 SU move, but a less than impressive 8-8-1 ATS record.

Bama will have to have the same type of effort as last time on the glass when they won that battle 40-32. They will also have to stay aggressive offensively and move the ball in transition to force Kentucky to defend and hopefully get them out of position.

John Calipari will implore his guys to attack the Tide and take the ball to the rim and make them play defense, not just as athletes, but in a fundamental defensive way, where they can systematically break them down.

Time to count on Kentucky to come thru for college basketball picks to dismantle Alabama.

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