Looking to win big? The Wildcats and Gators face off at 12:30 ET on ESPN. The Gators are hosting the game at Exactech Arena in Gainesville, FL. This Southeastern conference matchup has an over/under of 168 points, and the Gators are favored to win at home vs. the Wildcats.

KENTUCKY WILDCATS VS FLORIDA GATORS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Florida Gators -3.5

This game will be played at Exactech Arena at 12:30 ET on Saturday, January 6th.

WHY BET THE FLORIDA GATORS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Gators.
  • Not only will Florida pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 168 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Can Kentucky Secure a Road Victory?

Heading into today’s matchup, Kentucky is the underdog with a point spread of +3.5. So far this season, the Wildcats have an overall record of 10-2 and have won four straight games.

On the road, Kentucky is 2-0 this season and 8-2 over their last 10 road games. In their last game, the Wildcats defeated Illinois State by a score of 96-70.

As the underdog, Kentucky has an ATS record of 2-0 this season and they are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games. Overall, the Wildcats have an ATS mark of 8-4 this year.

So far this season, the over/under record for Kentucky games is 9-3. Today’s over/under line of 168 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this season (152.1). The average scoring total in their last three games is 168 points.

The Wildcats’ offense wrapped up their last game with 96 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 91.1 points per contest. For the season, the Kentucky offense has been one of the more efficient shooting teams in the NCAA with a field goal percentage of 50%. So far, they have hit 55% of their looks from inside the arc, and are averaging 10.6 made three’s per contest.

At present, the Wildcats’ defense is nationally ranked 185th, allowing 73.4 points per game. In their most recent game, the Kentucky defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Illinois State knocked down 11 three-pointers on their way to 70 points.

Will the Gators Defense Show Up at Home?

Florida comes into this matchup as the favorite, favored by 3.5 points. So far this season, the Gators have an overall record of 10-3 and have won their last six games. At home, Florida is a perfect 8-0 and have an average scoring margin of +20.2 points per game.

In their last game, the Gators took on Quinnipiac and came away with a 97-72 victory. Over their last ten games at home, Florida is 8-2.

Florida’s ATS record this season is 5-8, including a mark of 3-5 at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Gators are 5-5 vs. the spread.

Florida’s over/under record for the season is 9-3-1, and the average scoring total in their games is 160 points. So far, 10 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s over/under line of 168. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0, and the average scoring total in those games is 175 points.

Coming off their recent game, the Florida offense tallied 97 points in a matchup against Quinnipiac. Their field goal percentage for the game was 51.5%, and they made 10 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Walter Clayton Jr., who holds an average of 15.2 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Tyrese Samuel is averaging 14.3 points per game this season.

Coming into today’s game, the Florida defense is giving up an average of 73.7 points per contest. So far, the Florida defense is giving up an average of 9.6 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 13.2 times per game (646th).