Last Updated Mar 04, 2022, 10:00 PM

Kentucky Wildcats vs. Florida Gators Predictions, Picks, Odds

The Kentucky Wildcats (24-6, 13-4 SEC) travel to face the Florida Gators (19-11, 9-8) at Exactech Arena at Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla. on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. ET, and the game can be viewed on CBS.

Score Prediction

Kentucky 74 Florida 67

Best Bet

Kentucky -4.5 (-110)
Under 142.5 (-110)

KENTUCKY WILDCATS VS. FLORIDA GATORS PREDICTIONS

The Wildcats of Kentucky bounced back with an 83-72 win over Mississippi at Rupp Arena last time out on Tuesday. However, UK failed to cover the 16.5-point number, and they're now a dismal 1-3-1 ATS across the past five games while winning three of the outings straight up. The OVER has cashed in the past two games for UK.

For Florida, it is looking to rebound after a 78-57 beatdown in Lexington from the Wildcats just on Feb. 12. The Wildcats easily covered a 10.5-point number as the UNDER connected. While the Gators have won two in a row, and three of the past four outings, they're still a very ordinary 3-3 SU across the past six contests. The OVER has connected in each of the past three games for the Gators.

KENTUCKY WILDCATS VS. FLORIDA GATORS BETTING ODDS

  • Kentucky -204
  • Florida +170
  • Kentucky -4.5 (-110)
  • Florida +5 (-110)
  • Over 142 (-110)
  • Under 142.5 (-110)

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KENTUCKY WILDCATS VS. FLORIDA GATORS BETTING RESOURCES

  • Matchup: SEC
  • Date: Saturday, March 5, 2022
  • Venue: Exactech Arena at Stephen C. O'Connell Center
  • Location: Gainesville, Fla.
  • TV-Time: CBS - 2:00 p.m. ET

KENTUCKY WILDCATS BETTING ANALYSIS

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 24-6
  • ATS: 13-16-1
  • O/U: 15-15

The Wildcats head into this game with a dismal 1-3-1 ATS mark across the past five outings, while going 4-8-1 ATS across the past 13 games overall. One of those covers was against the Gators in the previous meeting on Feb. 12, however.

Kentucky is 4-0-1 ATS in the past five games following a non-cover, but it is just 1-3-1 ATS in the past five outings following a SU win. The Wildcats are also 4-12-2 ATS across the past 18 outings on the road, while going 4-10-1 ATS in the previous 15 on the road against teams with a winning home mark.

The UNDER has cashed in six of the past seven games against teams with a winning record, while going 7-3 in the past 10 games on the road. The UNDER is also 11-4-1 in the past 16 on the road against teams with a winning home record.

FLORIDA GATORS BETTING ANALYSIS

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 19-11
  • ATS: 15-15
  • O/U: 13-16-1

For the Gators, they covered as 1-point underdogs at Vanderbilt on Tuesday. Florida has covered each of the past two games, but it hasn't had three or more consecutive covers since a 3-0 ATS run from Jan. 15-22.

The Gators are just 1-6 ATS in the past seven games following a SU win, while going 1-4 ATS in the past five against teams with a winning overall record. For what it's worth, Florida is 5-2 ATS in the past seven games played on a Saturday.

As far as totals are concerned, the UNDER is 4-1 in the past five games against teams with a winning overall record, while going 6-2 in the past eight outings following a SU win.

The road team has cashed in five of the previous seven meetings. (AP)

INSIDE THE STATS - KENTUCKY WILDCATS

  • Record: 24-6
  • PS/G: 80.4 (10th)
  • PA/G: 65.8 (80th)
  • ORtg: 114.9 (7th)
  • DRtg: 94.1 (46th)

INSIDE THE STATS - FLORIDA GATORS

  • Record: 19-11
  • PS/G: 70.7 (191th)
  • PA/G: 65.4 (66th)
  • ORtg: 105.7 (118th)
  • DRtg: 97.7 (120th)

KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH

  • UK: Oscar Tshiebwe - F (16.9 PPG, 15.3 RPG, 1.8 SPG, 1.5 BPG, 1.1 APG, 60.2 FG%)
  • UK: Tyty Washington, Jr. - G (12.4 PPG, 4.0 APG, 3.4 RPG, 1.3 APG, 34.5 3P%)
  • UF: Tyree Appleby - G (11.4 PPG, 3.8 APG, 2.0 RPG, 1.3 SPG, 35.1 3P%)
  • UF: Collin Castleton - F (16.1 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 2.5 BPG, 1.7 APG, 54.2 FG%)

KENTUCKY WILDCATS VS. FLORIDA GATORS BETTING CONCLUSION

Kentucky has picked up three wins in the past four games, with a 75-73 loss at Arkansas on Feb. 26. While the Wildcats have won three of the past four straight up, they're 0-2-1 ATS in the past three, and having trouble against the number overall. Kentucky hasn't covered consecutive games since Jan. 11-15, when it last covered two straight.

Despite the fact the Wildcats have had some trouble covering lately, Kentucky dominated Florida in the first meeting. Collin Castleton posted 18 points with seven rebounds on 8-of-12 shooting in the first meeting, but he was the only Gators player in double digits. Oscar Tshiebwe was good for 27 points and 19 rebounds in a dominant performance in the first meeting in Lexington, and four players went for 10 or more points in the victory. Look for the Wildcats to overpower the Gators again.

KENTUCKY WILDCATS VS. FLORIDA GATORS BETTING TRENDS

  • Kentucky is 1-3-1 ATS in the past five games overall.
  • Kentucky is 4-12-2 ATS in the past 18 road games.
  • Florida is 1-4 ATS in the past five games vs. winning teams.
  • The UNDER is 7-3 in the past 10 road games for Kentucky.
  • The UNDER is 6-1 in the past seven vs. winning teams for Kentucky.
  • The UNDER is 4-1 in the past five vs. winning teams for Florida.
  • The road team is 5-2 ATS in the past seven meetings.

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