Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Tuesday’s ranked college basketball games:
Kentucky at (6) Florida (-11)
The top two teams in the Southeastern Conference standings play a pivotal contest when Florida hosts Kentucky. The Gators are 11-0 at the O’Connell Center and have won their five SEC home contests by an average of 28.4 points. Kentucky has won five straight games and is playing stellar basketball after a bumpy start. The Gators have adjusted some roles after losing junior forward Will Yeguete (second in rebounding at 6.3) to a knee injury. The loss leaves junior center Patric Young (10.8 points, team-best 6.6 rebounds) as the lone force in the interior. Florida has held 16 opponents under 60 points and allows an SEC-low 52.7 points per game. The Gators are 1-4 ATS in their last five Tuesday games.
(5) Michigan at (8) Michigan State (Pick)
The intense race for the Big Ten regular season title heats up when Michigan visits Michigan State in a mammoth encounter. The Wolverines suffered a stunning loss to Wisconsin, which forced overtime on a 40-footer by Ben Brust, falling into a third-place tie and spoiling a chance at gaining the top ranking in the country. The Spartans had no such drama in their 78-65 win at Purdue on Saturday, which allowed them to enter the week still tied with Indiana atop the Big Ten. Michigan will need to find its legs after back-to-back overtime games. The Wolverines will also need to rediscover the offensive prowess that has made them a special unit at times this season. Against the gritty Badgers, Michigan shot 39.4 percent, just a shade over its season low, and reached the foul line for just two attempts. The home team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.