Kentucky Wildcats Collide With Florida Gators
By: Adam Markowitz
Monday, February 6, 2012
There are only 13 games on the college basketball betting schedule on Tuesday night, but it is clear that the game between the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats and the No. 7 Florida Gators is the one that you don't want to miss.
There is plenty of NBA-level talent on both of these teams, and both Billy Donovan and John Calipari know that they have special squads this year. Florida is going to try to run up and down the floor with small lineups, which could present some problems for the Wildcats. However, if the athleticism for UK proves to be too much for the Gators' guards to handle, it could be another easy win for the hosts at Rupp Arena.
Last season, Kentucky went 2-1 SU and 1-1-1 ATS in the three meetings with the Gators. Still, UF is 9-4-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings in this series.
The last time the Gators won at Rupp Arena was in 2007, but they are 2-0-1 ATS in the last three meetings at this venue. The previous five clashes in Lexington have been decided by eight points or fewer, which could make this one heck of a duel.
Tip time for this Top 10 clash is set for 7:00 (ET) on Tuesday night, and it can be seen on ESPN and ESPN3.
After the Wildcats and Gators are finished, the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes are going to be in action at home against the Purdue Boilermakers. Ohio State is well on its way to a top seed in the NCAA Tournament if it keeps up at this clip, but Purdue is still in search of some big wins to make sure that it hears its name on Selection Sunday.
Purdue is just 2-4 SU and 1-5 ATS in its last six games overall, and because of that, the Boilermakers are suddenly on some tenuous ground. To make matters worse, they are just 6-13-1 ATS in the last 20 meetings in this series.
The Buckeyes have rolled off five straight wins both SU and ATS since losing at the Illinois Fighting Illini on January 10, and they clearly have no desire to stop that streak on Tuesday.
This 9:00 (ET) can also be seen on ESPN.
The Creighton Bluejays are coming off just their third loss of the season after being knocked off by the Northern Iowa Panthers this past Saturday. Now, they have to go on the road to take on the Evansville Purple Aces on Tuesday night.
Creighton's offense is averaging 81.0 PPG this year, and it was surprising that UNI was able to hold the 'Jays to just 62 points last Saturday.
Both are tremendous ATS squads; Creighton is 13-7 ATS this year, while the Purple Aces are 12-8 ATS. The Bluejays have won six straight in this series, covering the spread in four of those.
This Missouri Valley Conference clash gets started at 8:05 p.m. (ET).
In another 7:00 (ET) tip on Tuesday, the Iowa State Cyclones look to steal one on the road against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in a game that can be seen on ESPN2. Meanwhile on ESPNU, we have a college hoops double dip. The Maryland Terrapins and Clemson Tigers start it off at Littlejohn Coliseum at 7:00 (ET), and that will immediately be followed by the Alabama Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers at 9:00 (ET).