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Kentucky Wildcats vs Florida Gators Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Florida GatorsKentucky Wildcats
March 9, 12:00 PM | Rupp Arena

Florida Gators vs Kentucky Wildcats Odds

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Rupp Arena features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host Kentucky Wildcats and the visiting Florida Gators in college hoops action on Saturday.

This season, the Wildcats are 20-10 overall and 10-17 ATS ATS, while the Gators are 24-5 and 15-11 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Kentucky boasts a 15-11 on the OU, and Florida is 11-13.

View Florida vs Kentucky Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Kentucky in this one found them as 5-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Wildcats sit at No. 18 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Gators sit at No. 4 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Gators will win this game 86-76.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Kentucky's No. 30-ranked scoring average of 74.3 PPG, against a Gators defense rated No. 3 and allowing 53 PPG. The Wildcats FG% has averaged 48.1% to date this season, less than the Gators shooters have managed so far (48.8% per game).

Defensively, Florida features the nation's No. 4-rated defense on the road, allowing 57.4 points per game. Kentucky, meanwhile, comes in at No. 18 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Florida was a 66-40 winner at home against Vanderbilt. They covered the 19-point spread as favorites. Florida cruised to victory on Wednesday, running Vanderbilt out of the gym and running up a 66-40 score at Stephen O'Connell Center.

In their last action, Kentucky was a 72-62 loser on the road against Georgia. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Archie Goodwin scored 20 points in a futile effort to lead the Wildcats to a win (they lost 72-62 to Georgia at Stegeman Coliseum on Thursday).

Florida Gators Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
After playing Vanderbilt are 4-6
After a win are 7-3

Kentucky Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
After playing Georgia are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3

A few Gators at Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Florida's last 10 games when playing on the road against Kentucky
Florida is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Florida is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Kentucky
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Florida
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kentucky's last 6 games
Kentucky is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Florida