SEC foes will collide when the Florida Gators (17-10, 9-5 SEC) clash against the LSU Tigers (19-8, 10-4 SEC) at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Florida is a 4-point favorite on the opening line, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 149.5 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
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The Tigers beat the South Carolina Gamecocks in their last outing, 86-80. Darius Days was the game’s high scorer with 18 points on 6-for-8 shooting. The Tigers knocked down 25 of their 31 free throws (80.6 percent) and held the Gamecocks to an effective field goal percentage of 0.433 (below their season average of 0.488).
In the Gators’ previous outing, they were beaten by the No. 10 Kentucky Wildcats, 65-59. Keyontae Johnson led Florida in scoring with 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Kentucky forced the Gators into a turnover percentage of 21.9 (above their season average of 15.7). Florida, on the other hand, held the Wildcats to an offensive rebounding percentage of 22.2 (below their season average of 31.0).
The high-powered offense of Florida (64th in the NCAA with an offensive efficiency of 108.2) will face off against the mid-tier defense of LSU (252nd in the country with a defensive efficiency of 102.9). The Gators should have the edge on that side of the ball. Moreover, the Tigers, who rank 25th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.284), will square off against the Gators, who rank 278th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.259).
Both teams have had a player heat up over their last five games. For the Tigers, it’s been Skylar Mays, who has averaged 22 points,5.8 rebounds,3.4 assists,1.6 steals, while the Gators have received great contributions from Johnson (15 points,8.6 rebounds).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Tigers won 84-82. The Tigers played a nearly flawless game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.393 and a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 42.9. The Gators put up marks of 0.148 and 25.8, respectively, for those same stats. Mays was a top performer in the victory, with 18 points and seven assists.
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Pick: SU Winner – Florida, ATS Winner – LSU, O/U – Over
Florida ranks 82nd in three pointers allowed per game (20.0) while LSU ranks 289th (26.4).
The Tigers rank 17th in rebounds per game (40.1) while the Gators rank 145th (35.7).
Florida ranks 19th in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while LSU ranks 118th (3.4).
The Gators’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.2, down from 5.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Tigers have scored an average of 83.2 points per game (2.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 83.2 points per game (10.0 above their season average).