North Florida at Kentucky - 11/23/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Kentucky Wildcats (3-2) vs North Florida Ospreys (1-3)

Game Info: Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 4:00 pm (Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center)

Betting Odds: Kentucky Wildcats -25.5 -- Over/Under: 149.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The North Florida Ospreys and Kentucky Wildcats face off on Wednesday in a college basketball showdown at Rupp Arena. When these two teams faced off in 2021 it was Kentucky that secured the 86-52 victory. 

North Florida comes into this game with a 1-3 record and they have gone 2-2 against the spread. In the last game against Duquense, they were competitive, but they gave up 83 points, and ended up losing by a point. Two games ago against SC State, North Florida secured the 72-66 victory. North Florida is averaging 71 points while their defense is giving up 82 points per game. Guard Jarius Hicklen has been the top player for North Florida averaging 15.2 points while shooting 39.5 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from behind the three point line. 

On the other side of this matchup is Kentucky who sits with a 3-2 record and they have gone 3-2 against the spread. The last game for Kentucky was against Gonzaga and the defense gave up 88 points. In their last game against Michigan State earlier this season the defense gave up 86 points. Kentucky is averaging 85.4 points while their defense is giving up 70.4 points per game. With some of the competition they have faced, there has to be some major concerns about this defense. Guard Antonio Reeves has been the top player for Kentucky averaging 13.2 points while shooting 54.3 percent from the field.

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North Florida is 8-1 against the spread in their last nine games following a straight-up loss. The under is 4-0 in the Osprey’s last four games following an against the spread win. The over is 5-1 in Kentucky’s last six home games. The under is 9-2-1 in North Florida’s last 12 games on Wednesday. 

Kentucky has had issues against good teams but they are still going to beat up on bad teams this season. North Florida is giving up 82 points per game and Kentucky is going to have no issue running up the score. I expect Kentucky is going to get to 100 points, and that will be the difference here. Back Kentucky against the spread.

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Shane’s Pick Kentucky -25.5

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