Kentucky Wildcats forward Oscar Tshiebwe with his hands on his head

Feb 18, 2023; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats ahead Oscar Tshiebwe (34) reacts in the course of the second half in opposition to the Tennessee Volunteers at Rupp Area at Central Financial institution Middle. Obligatory Credit score: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports activities

  • Kentucky and Florida meet in a Southeastern Convention recreation on Wednesday, February 22.
  • Kentucky is a 3-point highway favourite in opposition to Florida in Gainesville.
  • Learn under for Kentucky vs Florida evaluation, odds and prediction.

Kentucky (19-9, 9-5 SEC) is a 3-point highway favourite over Florida in an SEC recreation at 7 pm ET Wednesday on ESPN. The Wildcats have received two in a row and 4 of six, all however clinching their spot within the NCAA Match.

Florida (14-13, 7-7 SEC) has misplaced 4 if its final 5 since upsetting Tennessee at dwelling Feb. 1. The Gators’ skid started with a 72-67 loss at Kentucky three days later.

Kentucky vs Florida Odds

Crew Unfold Moneyline Whole
Kentucky Wildcats -3 (-110) -150 Over 141 (-110)
Florida Gators +3 (-110) +130 Beneath 141 (-110)

Kentucky is a 3-point favourite over Florida in a collection the Wildcats have dominated for the final 5 seasons. Kentucky is 8-1 SU and 7-2 ATS within the collection because the first of two conferences within the 2018-19 season. The Wildcats have received and coated the final 4 in Gainesville, twice as a four-point favourite and twice as four-point underdog. 4 of the final 5 and 7 of the final 9 video games have gone below the whole.

 

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Kentucky is 12-15 ATS this season, 4-3 on the highway. Florida is 13-14 ATS, 7-6 at dwelling. The Wildcats are 17-10 in opposition to the “over.” Six of their final seven and and eight of their final 10 have gone over the whole. Florida is 12-15 in opposition to the over.

Kentucky Again on Observe

The Wildcats appear to have extricated themselves from the NCAA Match bubble with Quad 1 victories over Mississippi State and Tennessee the final two instances out, and their 66-54 victory over the No. 10 Volunteers was significantly spectacular. Kentucky fully shut down Tennessee to finish a season sweep behind Oscar Tshiebwe and Cason Wallace, who every had 16 factors  The Wildcats led by 20 at halftime regardless of with out pass-first level guard Sahvir Wheeler and off guard C.J. Frederick due to harm.

Though 6’9″ Tshiebwe (15.8 factors, 13.0 rebounds) and Purdue’s Zach Edey are the one Division I gamers who’ve reached each these scoring and rebounding plateaus, freshman Wallace (11.8 factors, 3.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists) is taken into account the Wildcats’ finest NBA prospect and is projected to be a mid- to late first spherical decide within the 2023 NBA draft if he have been to go away college. After teaming with Wheeler within the backcourt within the early going, Wallace has began 10 of 11 video games at level starting with the primary win at Tennessee, and the Wildcats are 8-3 throughout that stretch.

Antonio Reeves (13.0 factors) and Jacob Toppin (11.8 factors, 6.4 rebounds) present depth, and freshman ahead Chris Livingston had a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double the final outing. Kentucky is just not a very good capturing or good rebounding group. They’re capturing 45.6 % from the sector and 69.4 % from free throw line however compensate with a plus-7.7 rebound margin, eighth in Division I.

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Florida Suffers Massive Loss

Gators 6’11” heart Colin Castleton performed a serious position in shutting down Tshiebwe within the Gators’ 72-67 loss in Lexington on Feb. 4, however Florida will probably be with out Castleton (16.0 factors, 7.7 rebounds, 3.0 blocked pictures) for the rematch after he suffered a damaged bone in his hand in a 89-64 victory over Ole Miss per week in the past. The Gators struggled to discover a rhythm with out him in an 84-65 loss at Arkansas on Saturday, capturing 37.3 % from the ground and being outrebounded 40-25. Within the first assembly, Castleton had 25 factors, eight rebounds, 5 assists, three blocked pictures and helped restrict Tshiebwe to 4 factors on 2 of 14 capturing.

First-year coach Todd Golden doesn’t a lot confirmed depth within the publish. Senior reserve 6’11” Jason Jitobah began in opposition to the  Razorbacks, and freshman 6’10” Aleks Szymczyk had eight factors and 6 rebounds in his first significant enjoying time of the season. The offense ran via Castleton, however the Gators could select to play 6’8″ LSU switch Alan Fudge on the ‘5’ use a perimeter-heavy group led by starters Will Richard (10.3 factors) and Kyle Lofton (8.8) and reserves Kowacie Reeves (8.7) and Riley Kugel (8.0). Kugel has began the final eight video games and has 62 factors within the final 4.

Kentucky vs Florida Prediction

Kentucky could lastly have discovered its finest self, though the Wildcats’ seven-point loss at Georgia simply 11 days in the past is a reminder of simply how fragile they’ve been whereas navigating a season with freshmen Wallace and Livingston within the beginning lineup. Wallace was 3 of 21 from the sector within the two video games earlier than Tennessee the final outing. Castleton’s loss in devastating for Florida. He did all of it, together with lead, and his absence adjustments every part.

  • Decide: Kentucky -3 (-110)
  • Season CBK: 41-22 ATS

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