LSU and Kentucky are the top seeds in the Southeastern Conference. On Friday, do they are cover the spread and stay on course for Sunday showdown?
The Florida Gators Take a Bite Out of the LSU Tigers
LSU handled the first game after coach Will Wade was suspended for alleged reports of looking to pay players to come to LSU thru an intermediary. This week Wade refused to talk to NCAA and LSU officials about the incident(s) but has stated he feels he should coach the SEC’s top-seeded team.
Florida also handled something, in this case, Arkansas, with relative ease, ambushing them 66-50 as 3.5-point favorites to reach the SEC quarterfinals. Though many consider the Gators an enigma, with 14 losses, one thing we know, anytime Florida laces up the sneakers, they are capable of winning or losing any contest.
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Coach Mike White and his players know what this game means for Florida. The Gators are perched at the top of the NCAA bubble and while they have solid numbers in the alphabet rankings (NET and RPI), they are not a lock. A victory over LSU, no matter if they have institutional problems are not, is huge. If Florida beats the college hoops odds of +2.5 and bests the Tigers, they help themselves immensely.
It’s hard to say if the LSU players will be affected by what is going on around them. One aspect that will not bother the Tigers is a close contest. They split a pair with Florida, with both battles going into OT. In SEC action, Wade’s team is 7-2 SU in games decided five or fewer points.
Though the Bengal Tigers are on a 16-5 ATS run and the swamp guys are 3-7 ATS after a cover, Florida is fearless of LSU and wins a close one over the preoccupied No.1 seed.