The Tennessee Volunteers had their worst shooting performance in 17 years in their first meeting against the Florida Gators, as the two teams prepare to close out their regular season series Tuesday.
Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this Southeastern Conference match-up at the Thompson-Boling Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Florida has won 15 games in a row, including a 78-69 victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide as 14.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for the first time in five contests.
Both of the Gators’ losses this year have come on the road—dropping games against the Connecticut Huskies and Wisconsin Badgers.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 13-7 SU and 6-14 ATS in February, with the UNDER going 19-10 in that situation.
Tennessee is 3-1 SUATS over its last four affairs, as it looks to build off a 72-53 victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks as 14-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.
The Volunteers have compiled a solid 15-4 SU record during this particular calendar month under the direction of head coach Cuonzo Martin.
College basketball handicappers will find that the squad is 8-6-1 ATS versus teams with a winning record this season.
All about defense
The Gators are one of the main contenders to win the 2014 NCAA title due to their tremendous play on the defensive end, as they rank sixth nationally in surrendering just 57.9 points per game.
Florida held Tennessee to 26.8 percent shooting in its dominating 67-41 victory as 8.5-point home favorites in the season’s first meeting on Jan. 25—going well UNDER the posted total of 128.5.
Backcourt must bounce back
The Volunteers must get a better performance from their starting backcourt if they want to pull off a victory in this spot, as Antonio Barton, Jordan McRae and Josh Richardson shot a combined 2 of 29 from the floor against the Gators.
Tennessee is 13-3 SU and 13-2-1 ATS when revenging a road loss versus an opponent since the start of the 2011-12 campaign.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Volunteers as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as the Gators are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games versus teams with a winning home record.
Pick: Tennessee Volunteers +1.5