There’s just one game left in the regular season for the No. 1 team in college hoops, the Kentucky Wildcats (30-0 SU, 15-14-1 ATS). That game is Saturday’s matchup against the visiting Florida Gators (15-15 SU, 10-18-1 ATS), who are having a rough year after reaching the Final Four last March. Tip-off from Rupp Arena is 2:00 PM ET on CBS.
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Kentucky’s undefeated streak nearly ended Tuesday night in Athens. The Wildcats had to claw their way back from a nine-point deficit in the second half to beat the Georgia Bulldogs (+9.5 at home) 72-64. Maybe this will inspire the ‘Cats to play harder Saturday; the last time they had a close shave, back on February 10 against LSU (+9.5 away), they went 4-0-1 ATS in their next five games.
Florida, on the other hand, is 3-2 SU and 1-4 ATS in its last five. Three of those games were without junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith (24.3 PER), who was suspended for an undisclosed team violation. The Gators have won twice SU and split the cash since Finney-Smith was reinstated. He was their leading scorer with 16 points when they lost 68-61 to Kentucky (–8 away) on February 7.