NCAAB Picks: Kentucky vs. Florida to Stay 'Under'

Jeff Grant

Friday, March 7, 2014 3:39 PM GMT

Friday, Mar. 7, 2014 3:39 PM GMT

The Kentucky Wildcats have had trouble scoring since mid-February, which isn’t a recipe for success in preparing to take on the top-ranked Florida Gators Saturday. Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball odds for this Southeastern Conference matchup at the O’Connell Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 12:00 p.m. ET on CBS.

Falling short of the hype

Kentucky hasn’t lived up to all the hype it received before the start of the 2013-14 campaign, as it will likely receive a mid-level seeding in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

The Wildcats are 2-2 SU and 0-4 ATS over their last four games, as they look to build off a 55-48 victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide as 12.5-point home favorites, while going UNDER the betting total for a third consecutive contest.

It’s important to point out that John Calipari-coached teams have compiled a 123-36 SU record in the months of March and April over the course of his career.

Plenty to play for

Florida is riding a program-record 22-game winning streak—putting it in position to become the first team to go 18-0 in the history of the SEC during league play.

The Gators are 18-5 SU all-time when playing as the top-ranked team in the country, as they seem destined to land one of the four No. 1 seeds during March Madness.

Be sure to compare the top NCAA Basketball Future Betting Lines

Revenge

College basketball handicappers may have an interested in backing the revenge-minded Wildcats when looking over the SBR Odds page, considering the youthful group dropped a 69-59 decision as 2.5 point home favorites to the Gators in the first meeting.

Kentucky was outscored by a 22-11 margin after Calipari picked up a technical foul with 8:14 to play in that affair, while Florida got points on every offensive trip down the floor over the final 11 minutes of the game.

Even with the Gators’ success down the stretch offensively, the game stayed UNDER the betting total of 130.

Experienced group at home

The Gators have won 10 of 17 meetings against the Wildcats at this venue under the direction of longtime head coach Billy Donovan.

Florida’s expected to start four seniors and a sophomore in this matchup, while Kentucky is likely to send out five freshman to open up play.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers take a look at the total as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as the UNDER is 6-1 in the last seven meetings in this series.

Pick: Under

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