Georgia at Florida - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Georgia (16-16) at Florida Gators (19-12)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Florida -8 -- Over/Under: 142.5
The Georgia Bulldogs (16-16, 5-13 CONF) and the Florida Gators (19-12, 11-7 CONF) will meet on Thursday, March 12th for the 2nd Round of the SEC Conference Tournament. The game will be played at a neutral site location at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN, and the game is scheduled for a 3:00 PM ET start time.
Georgia defeated Ole Miss in the 1st Round of the tournament, 81-63. Georgia is the type of team that could make a sneaky run through this SEC Tourney, as they have some pieces that can be electric at times. Florida has a bye in the 1st Round of the tournament and they understand completely that this will not be an easy game against Georgia. Florida ended their regular season with a heartbreaking one-point loss to Kentucky in a game where they led by double-digits for a large part of it.
*** Stats for Georgia are from before the 1st Round game
Georgia scores 75.7 points per game on 44.8 percent field goal shooting this season. Georgia's leading scorer is G Anthony Edwards, who scores 19.5 points per game. The leading rebounder for Georgia is F Rayshaun Hamilton, who earns 7.3 rebounds per game. Georgia allows 76.0 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a -0.3 scoring differential so far this season. Georgia also earns 37.9 rebounds, 13.3 assists, 3.3 blocks, and 7.1 steals per game as a team.
Florida scores 71.9 points per game on 45.7 percent field goal shooting this season. Florida's leading scorer is F Keyontae Johnson, who scores 14.0 points per game. The leading rebounder for Florida is F Kerry Blackshear Jr, who earns 7.5 rebounds per game. Florida allows 66.0 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +5.9 scoring differential so far this season. Florida also earns 34.8 rebounds, 11.9 assists, 3.9 blocks, and 5.7 steals per game as a team.
Georgia is 16-16 against the spread this season and 4-6 against the spread in their last ten games. Georgia is also 2-1 against the spread in neutral site games so far this season. Florida is 13-18 against the spread this season and 5-5 against the spread in their last ten games. Florida is also 3-2 against the spread at neutral site locations so far this season.
The line has not been released yet, therefore I will make my final score prediction and update this article in the morning. Florida beat Georgia twice this season, and I do not see them having too many troubles in this one. Georgia should keep it close at the half, but I think Florida will prevail in the end. Florida wins 67-59
UPDATE: I will take the under, as there is no room for me to take a side based on my final score prediction.