Florida @ Kentucky 1/31/24 Free Pick, NCAAB Odds, NCAAB Predictions

Florida (14-6) at Kentucky (15-4)

Game Info: Wednesday, January 31st, 2024 at  8 p.m. EST (Rupp Arena)

Betting Odds: Kentucky -5.5 (-115) - Over/Under (171.5)

Pick: Kentucky -5.5 (-115)

This game on Wednesday night will be at the site of one of the most historic arenas in the history of college basketball. The two teams playing in this game are arguably two of the most successful programs in the history of college basketball as well so the site is fitting for this SEC conference matchup between the Florida Gators and the Kentucky Wildcats. Both of these teams are having successful seasons and they will both look for a marquee victory here on Wednesday night as they look to further add to their résumé heading into the final month of the regular season. With the NCAA tournament and the SEC conference tournament right around the corner a victory in this game could alter the outcome of the rest of their season. 

The Florida Gators come into this game after winning 14 out of their first 20 games on the regular season and they will look for a massive 15th victory here on Wednesday night on the road in Lexington against Kentucky. This will most certainly be one of their toughest test of the season so far and they will look to pass that test with flying colors with a solid performance here in this one. As they look for a huge résumé building victory to wrap up the month of January. A victory in this game would help Florida put themselves in a position to get a top seed in the SEC tournament heading into February.

It has been a rocky start to conference play for Florida as they have only won four out of their first seven games within the conference. That is something that will have to change if they want to remain competitive throughout the remainder of the regular season. If they continue to struggle throughout conference play, they will find themselves on the outside looking in when it comes to the NCAA tournament, and if they cannot manage to produce a strong showing in the conference tournament, they will be sitting at home in March. They look to get things going in the right direction and it starts with a quality performance and a victory here in this game on the road against Kentucky on Wednesday night.

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Kentucky has put together a respectable season throughout the early part of the year although this is not your typical dominant Kentucky team that we’ve been so used to seeing in the past. They are still getting the job done night in and night out and they will look to add another victory to their résumé here at home on Wednesday night against Florida. They come into this game ranked just inside the top 10 of the country at number 10 and they will look to further move up the rankings with another string of dominant performances throughout the week. Kentucky comes into this game with 15 victories in their first 19 games of the regular season and they will look to add a 16th victory here on Wednesday night in front of their home fans against Florida. 

It has been a respectable start to conference play for Kentucky as they come into this game with five victories in their first seven games of the season. Now they will look for their sixth conference victory of the year here on Wednesday night. A victory in this game would keep them in the upper part of the SEC conference standings as they chase a top four spot and a double bye in the conference tournament. Kentucky comes into this game as the favorite as they look to continue bouncing back from their loss earlier this week and pick up their second consecutive victory here at home against Florida. Meanwhile, they will look to shut down the Gators momentum as Florida comes into this game on a three game winning streak of their own.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Kentucky is 11-1 at home

- Florida is 1-3 on the road 

- Kentucky is 13-2 as a favorite 

I expect this to be a close and competitive game throughout the majority of the contest, but in the end, I do look for the Kentucky Wildcats to pull away and pick up the victory over Florida here on Wednesday night. As I look for Kentucky to prove that they are worthy of being a top 10 team in the country this season and I look for them to not only pick up the win here at home, but also cover the spread and look solid in the process. 

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