Florida (12) vs. Georgia
Tip off: 4 PM EST
Spread: FLA -7.5
Betting Odds taken from Bookmaker
The Gators are 22-6 and in 2nd place in the SEC. Their in conference record is 10-3. The Gators rank 18th in the nation in scoring with 78.3 points per game and they are 28th in assists with 15.5 per contest.
All five Gators starters average double figures, and they are led by Kenny Boynton’s 17.6 per game. Boynton, a 6’2″ junior guard, put up 20 in the win over Auburn on Tuesday night, and 25 against Arkansas on Friday night in a blowout victory. His scoring average has increased 3.4 points per game over last season and the main reason is he is getting better shots. Boynton is hitting 47% from the floor this season, while attempting the exact same volume of shots as a year ago. Boynton has scored 20 or more 13 times this season, and has posted a high game of 26 points on two occasions.
The Gators had won seven games straight prior to consecutive losses to Kentucky and Tennessee. They then reeled off three straight wins against Alabama, Arkansas, and Auburn. In the win over Auburn, Boynton’s 20 points were accompanied by Erving Walker and Bradley Beal, who each scored 13. No other Gator made a significant offensive contribution and the Gators received only 7 points off the bench, while no Gators bench player saw more than 13 minutes.
Gators Betting Trends:
Florida is 4-1-1 SU in their last 6 road games and 4-1 SU in their last 5 on the road. The total has gone UNDER In 4 of their last 6 on the road.
Things haven’t gone well of the Bulldogs this season, as they are under .500 and sitting near the bottom of the SEC standings at 11th. Their 12-15 record has just continued to get worse, after losing 7 out of 8 games between January 7th and February 4th. They have dropped their last three contests to South Carolina, Vanderbilt, and LSU. They failed to score more than 56 points in all three contests, and lost by 8 and 9 points to LSU and Vanderbilt respectively, while losing the South Carolina game by just 1 point.
The Bulldogs are led by Gerald Robinson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The duo combines to average 28 points per game, and they are the only two Bulldogs to see more than 30 minutes per contest.
Caldwell-Pope, a 6’4″ superb freshman, has struggled recently. Over the last three games he is averaging only 8.6 points per game while having shot a total of 10 of 37 from the floor. His field goal percentage on the season has fallen to 39.4%. While he’s obviously still a lock for the SEC All Freshman team, he must improve his efficiency in upcoming seasons, if he is smart enough to stick around for them, which he should be.
Bulldogs Betting Trends:
Georgia is 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games, 2-7 SU in their last 9, 2-4 ATS in their last 6 home games and also 2-4 SU in their last 6 home games.