It figures to be a high-scoring affair as the Florida Gators (17-9, 9-4 SEC) visit 10th-ranked Kentucky to play the Wildcats (21-5, 11-2 SEC). Action gets underway at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 22, 2020, and can be seen on ESPN.
Florida Gators vs. Kentucky Wildcats Betting Odds
Both teams were triumphant in their last game. The Wildcats barely escaped the LSU Tigers 79-76, while the Gators were victorious over the Arkansas Razorbacks 73-59.
Florida played a nearly perfect game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.457 (above their season average of 0.254) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.565 (above their season average of 0.514). Arkansas recorded marks of 0.218 and 0.427, respectively, for those same stats. Meanwhile, Kentucky’s 0.549 effective field goal percentage was their largest strength over LSU, who had a mark of 0.447. The Wildcats’ mark was above their season average of 0.501, while the Tigers’ was below their season average of 0.529. Kentucky received a boost from Immanuel Quickley, who recorded 21 points and five assists. Meanwhile, Keyontae Johnson played a pivotal role for Florida with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
The Wildcats dominated this series last year, winning both games. In the last matchup, Kentucky won 66-57. Kentucky did a fantastic job of getting and making free throws (26-32; 81.3 percent). Florida, on the other hand, had a much better turnover percentage (9.3 vs. 15.5). This is the first time these teams will meet this year.
It might turn into a shootout as a pair of the nation’s best offenses battle. Kentucky ranks 53rd with 108.6 points per 100 possessions and Florida is 51st (108.8).
Florida Gators vs. Kentucky Wildcats Betting Pick
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Florida, ATS Winner – Florida, O/U – Under
- Kentucky ranks 107th in assists per game (13.8) while Florida ranks 229th (11.6).
- The Wildcats rank 26th in steals allowed per game (5.1) while the Gators rank 67th (5.7).
- Florida ranks 50th in rebounds allowed per game (32.3) while Kentucky ranks 81st (33.2).
- The Gators rank 189th in three pointers attempted per game (20.7) while the Wildcats rank 303rd (14.7).
- Florida ranks 19th in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while Kentucky ranks 103rd (3.3).
- The Gators’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 7.6, up from 6.3 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 76.2 points per game (1.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 67.6 points per game (1.7 above their season average).