Arkansas at Florida Odds, Betting Pick & TV Info

Arkansas at Florida Odds, Betting Pick & TV Info

Written by on February 28, 2017

It would actually benefit the SEC financially most likely if Arkansas went to Gainesville and upset No. 12 Florida on Wednesday night. Why? The Razorbacks are on the NCAA Tournament bubble but would likely be a lock to get in with a win – they might be anyway. Florida, meanwhile, is just about assured of finishing second in the SEC behind Kentucky regardless. Here’s a look into the the college basketball odds for the game.

Arkansas at Florida Odds, Betting Pick & TV Info

When: Wednesday, March 1, 7 PM ET Where: Exactech Arena, Gainesville TV: ESPN2 Stream: WatchESPN Radio: Arkansas / Florida Opening NCAAB Lines: Florida favored by TBA

Why Bet On Arkansas?

The Razorbacks (22-7) beat Auburn, 79-68, on Saturday night. It’s the team’s sixth road win in league play this season. Mike Anderson’s team stayed tied with South Carolina for third in the SEC and they own the tiebreaker over the Gamecocks by virtue of beating them a couple weeks ago. For the first 15 minutes, it was a back-and- forth game until Arkansas used a 13-3 run to end the half, hitting five of its last seven shots to take a 40-31 lead into the locker room. The Razorbacks had three players finish in double figures. Jaylen Barford led with 20 points. Dusty Hannahs had 18 and Daryl Macon 13. Auburn’s leading scorer was Mustapha Heron who had 16. Arkansas did its damage largely without Moses Kingsley. The Preseason SEC Player of the Year logged just three minutes in the first half after picking up two quick fouls. The six SEC road wins ties the 1994 championship team and the 2015 NCAA Tournament squad for the most in the SEC era. Arkansas has rallied from at least a 12-point deficit in five of its six SEC road wins this season. Anderson’s 20 SEC road wins in the last five-plus seasons is six more than Arkansas had in the previous 10 years before he took over. The Razorbacks are 8-2 in their last 10 SEC road contests, the best stretch since joining the league for the 1991-92 season. In the six victories, Arkansas has combined to outscore its opponents by three points in the first half and 30 points in the second half. The Razorbacks are going for their seventh SEC road win on Wednesday, which would set the program record for a season. Arkansas has recorded eight victories over AP Top 25 teams during the Anderson era, including at least one in five of his six years.

Why Bet On Florida?

The Gators (23-6) lost at No. 11 Kentucky 76-66 on Saturday in the de facto SEC regular-season title game. The Gators ran into a second-half offensive buzz saw, as Wildcats freshman guard Malik Monk went off for 33 points, including 30 after halftime. Kentucky, playing with starting point guard and league assist leader De’Aaron Fox (bruised knee), trailed by eight with 15 1/2 minutes left. Florida came in rated No. 4 in the nation in defensive efficiency, but the Gators got torched by the Wildcats in the second half to the tune of 64-percent shooting, going 16-for- 25. The Gators, who had their nine-game winning streak snapped, got 24 points from sophomore shooting guard KeVaughn Allen, 13 from senior forward Justin Leon and nine points and 11 rebounds from junior forward Devin Robinson. UF struggled to make just 36.6 percent on the afternoon, shot just six free throws to UK’s 27 and was got blasted on the glass 48-30. The loss dropped Florida a game behind Kentucky in the SEC standings with two to play and put the Wildcats in the driver’s seat for the No. 1 seed in the SEC Tournament. The Gators, with the first loss in 10 games, can clinch the No. 2 tournament seed by winning one of their final two. It was Florida’s 51st loss at Lexington in 60 trips. “I told the guys, we’ve got to move on to the next one,” Coach Mike White said. :”It was fun while it lasted. We lost at Kentucky. It’s OK. It happens. A lot of teams lose here. There are a lot of things we can learn from [the game], but right around the corner is Arkansas, who is playing terrific and is very difficult to defend as well.” UF won at Arkansas 81-72 on Dec. 29 in the SEC opener. Kevarrius Hayes’ dunk and Allen’s 3-pointer made it 63-52 after Arkansas had trimmed the lead to six in the second half. After Kingsley cut Florida’s edge to 65-58, Allen drained another 3 with 6:35 left to kill the Razorbacks’ momentum. Florida led by double digits until the final 11 seconds.

Arkansas at Florida Betting Pick: Florida Gators

Gators win to clinch that No. 2 spot for the SEC Tournament.