It's safe to say, the Tennessee Volunteers men's basketball team (15-9, 5-4 SEC) is outside of the NCAA tournament bubble for 2011. However, a strong finish to the season would improve their chances of earning an at-large bid, beginning with today's (6 PM Eastern) road matchup with No. 17 Florida at the O'Connell Center in Gainesville. The Gators (19-5, 8-2 SEC) are currently in the drivers seat of the SEC East with a two game lead in the division standings. Tennessee is one of four teams with four SEC losses chasing the Gators. Most offshore sports shops list the Gators as 5 1/2-chalk favorites with posted 133 total. Early betting trends show the public buying the line with 64 percent of spreads action falling on Florida.
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Tennessee has lost back to back SEC games and is 0-1 since coach Bruce Pearl's return from serving an eight-game SEC suspension, losing by 12 at Kentucky on Tuesday. Prior to the Kentucky loss, Tennessee dropped a home game to Alabama on Feb. 5. The Vols have gone 3-2 SU and ATS over their last five games and are 5-5 both SU and ATS over a 10-game span. One startling trend show's the UNDER cashing against the posted total in nine of their last 10 games. Tennessee is 3-2 SU and ATS in its last five SEC road games and 3-3 SU on the road overall, counting their non-conference loss at Connecticut on Jan 22.
The Gators return home following a big 19-point (79-60) victory at South Carolina on Wednesday (Feb. 9). The game was their third straight conference win and their second straight victory ATS. Over a 10-game span, Florida has gone 8-2 SU and is 5-5 ATs. In the last 3-of-5 games Florida played, the combined game score has gone OVER the posted total.
Florida won the last meeting, 81-75, in overtime on Jan. 11 in Knoxville. The Vols have won 10 out of the last 14 in the series, but Florida has won the last two matchups. The Gators are 11-3 at home this season and are 4-1 in the O'Connell Center versus the SEC.
Florida got a 6-point win at Knoxville a month ago and should be able to cover -5 1/2 today. NCAAB Spreads BEST BET – Gators -5 1/2.