LSU at Florida Betting Preview, Selection, Odds

Game: LSU at Florida (-5)

Sharp: Dave Miller

Selection: LSU (+5)

LSU (19-8, 10-4 SEC) travels to Gainesville to take on Florida (17-10, 9-5) at Exactech Arena on Wednesday evening for the fifth meeting between these programs in a little over a calendar year.

Will Wade's Tigers are coming off of an 86-80 road victory against South Carolina that temporarily stopped some of their bleeding. Sophomore Darius Days had 18 points, including four 3-pointers in the first half, to help pace the Bayou Bengals after coming into the game losers of four of their past five. Javonte Smart also had 18 points.

Meanwhile, Mike White's Gators are coming off of a 65-59 loss to Kentucky in Lexington to snap a three-game win streak. Keyontae Johnson had 19 points and Kerry Blackshear Jr. scored 18, but UF was unable to prevent Immanuel Quickley from taking over and leading the Wildcats to victory.

The Gators still have some work to do in regards to the NCAA Tournament, though last weekend's showing at Rupp Arena was a great sign for their future. This is a team that has consistently shot at a high percentage, and that bodes well with a tough schedule remaining.

Florida will be looking to avenge an 84-82 loss to LSU back on January 21—when the Tigers nearly blew a 10-point lead in the final 1:11—and it will be looking for better interior play after being outscored 36-26 in the paint against UK.

The Gators shot 50 percent and hit 11 3-pointers in the first meeting, but turnovers, defensive breakdowns and allowing too many second chances tilted the game in LSU's favor. Expect UF to play a cleaner game this time around and notch a much-needed win.

As is usually the case when these teams play each other, college hoops fans should expect a tight battle. Two of their past four games went to overtime (each team notched a victory), and they split the other two matchups. In all, the last four games between the two have been decided by a combined 11 points, so it'd be wise to grab LSU at +5.


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