College Basketball Preview at YouWager: Kentucky vs. Florida

Kentucky Wildcats vs. Florida Gators

Tip-off: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET

Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesville, FL

As college basketball fans know quite well, the No. 7 Florida Gators have mostly dominated the Southeastern Conference this season, winning nine of 10 games by double figures and most of those by lopsided margins.

YouWager experts believe that success would mean little if Florida is not able to beat the No. 25 Kentucky Wildcats tonight.

The Gators have dropped five games in a row, including all three meetings last season, when facing Kentucky. So all that talk about being the class of the conference in 2013 would disappear into thin air if Florida is not able to continue that trend against the defending national champions.

Florida (19-3, 9-1 SEC) has won 11 of their past 12 games and are 11-0 at home this season. The team was able to beat the Wisconsin badgers, the Missouri Tigers and also Mississippi — the toughest games to date in the O’Connell Center.

However, none of those wins had the same impact that beating the Wildcats (17-6, 8-2) would have for the Gators, a team that hasn’t beaten Kentucky in more than two years.

The Wildcats had a difficult time earlier in the season, losing home games versus the Baylor Bears and the Texas A&M Aggies while coach John Calipari’s four talented freshmen found their footing. Kentucky has done a better job impressing online sports betting fans lately, winning five in a row and seven of eight. UK is the only team in the country to score 70 or more points in eight of its past nine games.

According to the college basketball live lines, Kentucky is not giving the Gators much credit for winning SEC games by an average of 22.6 points.

The Wildcats should have an advantage in the paint, with 6-foot-10 shot-blocker Nerlens Noel and 6-foot-7 forward Alex Poythress in the starting lineup and 7-foot Willie Cauley-Stein and 6-10 forward Kyle Wiltjer coming off the bench.

In the mean time, Florida lost their best frontcourt defender last week when Will Yeguete had arthroscopic knee surgery. Due to this loss coach Billy Donovan had to use a four-guard lineup and counting on starting big men Pat Young and Erik Murphy to stay out of foul trouble.

The Gators have been at their best when guard Scott Wilbekin and Kenny Boynton share the basketball and create open looks for their fellow 3-point shooters. In contrast, the Wildcats heve been vulnerable when turning the ball over.