Florida basketball is set to host the LSU Tigers on Saturday, March 4, in the final game of the regular season that also serves as Senior Night for departing members of the Orange and Blue. It has been a rough campaign for both programs and the Gators are hoping to squeeze another win out of their Southeastern Conference foes to help Todd Golden avoid a sub-.500 record in his debut campaign.
The gang from Gainesville bring in a 15-15 record overall along with a 8-9 mark in SEC play into the matchup, sitting at No. 60 in the NET rankings, No. 51 in ESPN’s Basketball Power Index and No. 61 in the Pomeroy College Basketball Ratings. The boys from the bayou are 13-17 overall and 2-15 in the SEC, occupying the No. 154 spot in the NET rankings, No. 135 in the BPI and No. 151 in KenPom.
The two programs have met on the parquet over a hundred times and LSU holds the upper hand with a 66-50 record overall dating back to 1947, when the Tigers came away victoriously from a neutral ground matchup. The bayou boys hold a series-high 12-game winning streak from 1979 to 1983 while the rowdy reptiles maxed out at six from 2010 to 2014.
Florida has a solid 9-5 record in the O’Dome this season, which inherently gives the Gators the edge on Saturday. Because they beat LSU previously and have been coalescing in Colin Castleton’s absence, the Orange and Blue should have this one in the bag.
Florida 82, LSU 71
- Florida has put together a 9-8-0 conference record against the spread this season.
- Florida has covered the spread 14 times in 30 games with a set spread.
- Florida is 6-5 ATS when playing as at least 7.5-point favorites.
- Florida’s SEC games have hit the over nine out of 17 times this season.
- Games involving Florida have hit the over 14 times this season.
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Gators Wire caught up with LSU Tigers Wire editor Tyler Nettuno to get the inside scoop on the Gators’ final matchup of the regular season. Take a look below at the Q&A with our sister site.
To preview the game in Gainesville, we caught up with Gators Wire managing editor Adam Dubbin once again. Here’s his breakdown of this Florida team.
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