NCAA Basketball Picks: Kentucky vs. Florida SEC Final

Sunday, March 16, 2014 1:17 PM UTC

Sunday, Mar. 16, 2014 1:17 PM UTC

Still yet to lose to any conference opponent this season, the Gators have a chance to complete their perfect quest in the SEC Championship final against Kentucky.
<p style="text-align:center;"><span></span></p> <p><b>Odds Overview</b></p> <p>The Gators are favored by 6 to 6.5 points for the final, with the total at either 130 or 131 depending on the sportsbook.</p> <p>Florida checks in at 31-2 SU and 16-2-1 ATS, while Kentucky is listed at 24-9 SU and 14-15-2 against the spread. Head on over <a href="/ncaa-basketball/odds-scores/" title="Live NCAA Basketball lines &amp; odds" target="_blank">to to track the live line</a> movements leading up until this afternoon's tipoff.</p> <p><b>Kentucky Wildcats</b></p> <p><img id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" alt="Image preview" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" src="" style="font-size:1em;" />They may not have closed out the regular season well, having lost three of four (losses to Florida, South Carolina and Arkansas), but the tournament has been very kind to Kentucky thus far.</p> <p>It started with a comfortable <a href="/ncaa-basketball/free-picks/ncaa-basketball-picks-lsu-vs-kentucky-sec-quarterfinals-a-38102/" title="Check out our preview and picks for this game" target="_blank">quarter-final win over LSU</a>. James Young had 21 points, six rebounds and four assists and Julius Randle was a beast inside, posting 17 points with 16 boards. Kentucky held the Tigers to 40.7 percent shooting overall.</p> <p>Yesterday, Kentucky kept it going with a 70-58 victory over Georgia in the semi-finals. They were favored by eight points on the college basketball betting board coming in.</p> <p>Randle had a double-double once more (12 and 11), but this time it was the Harrison twins that really stood out. Aaron had a game-high 22 points, while Andrew put up a 12/9/5 line in a whopping 37 minutes of court time.</p> <p>It's going to take quite the team effort to come up with a win against the number one ranked team in the nation. <a href="" title="Who are you backing, and is it one of your best picks?" target="_blank">Who will bring their best game this afternoon?</a></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><i>Check out live <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="NCAA Tournament Futures Odds" href="">NCAA Basketball Tournament Futures Odds</a></i></p> <p><b>Florida Gators</b></p> <p>Looking for the last time the Gators lost a game? Well, you'd have to go way back to December 2nd, <span style="font-size:1em;">a one-point loss to Connecticut.</span></p> <p>It's truly been a remarkable run, <a href="/video/sec-conference-tournament-preview-florida-clear-cut-favorite-v-19123/" title="SEC Conference Tournament Odds" target="_blank">especially in conference play</a>, for Florida. They've certainly earned their number one ranking and are a sure-fire bet to be a top seed in the NCAA tournament.</p> <img id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" alt="Image preview" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" src="" style="font-size:1em;" /> <p>In the tournament so far, the Gators have overcome Missouri (72-49) and Tennessee (56-49), thanks to excellent second-half efforts in both contests. They out-scored the Tigers 43-20 after the break and were equally dominant (28-14) in the second half of their win over Tennessee</p> <p>Patric Young was the standout for Florida, scoring 16 points with eight rebounds. Scottie Wilbekin and Casey Prather were the only other two Gators to score in double figures in what was a defensive struggle from the get-go.</p> <p>It's hard to imagine <a href="/ncaa-basketball/free-picks/ncaab-picks-kentucky-vs-florida-stay-under-a-37906/" title="Take a look at our predictions from the most recent time these two teams met" target="_blank">Florida letting this undefeated run</a> come to an end in the final, given their level of talent and all of the experience they have within the team as well. It helps that the Gators have been outstanding defensively, having allowed only 57.9 points per game so far this season – they've been even better over their last five, surrendering 54.0 PPG on 38.6 percent shooting overall and 24.7 percent from three.</p> <p><b>College Basketball Pick</b></p> <p>It's never easy going up against Florida's defense, but the Wildcats are looking really good offensively so far in this tournament.</p> <p>Not only that, they have (of course) a huge group support behind them on this “neutral-site”, and they also have a firm advantage on the glass. Over each team's last five games, Kentucky is hauling in 37.2 rebounds per contest, with Florida at just 29.2.</p> <p>Putting it all together, <a href="/ncaa-basketball/" title="Check out the rest of our free NCAA basketball picks" target="_blank">we're expecting Kentucky to make life tough</a> on Florida, leading to a cover for the underdogs.</p> <p><b>Pick: </b>Kentucky Wildcats +6.5</p> <p>[gameodds]14/261884/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p>
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