The 15th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats look to get back on track after dropping two of their last three games when they battle the North Florida Ospreys on Wednesday afternoon. The Ospreys (1-3), who tied for fourth in the Atlantic Sun East at 7-9 and were 11-20 overall a year ago, are coming off an 83-82 loss to Duquesne on Monday. The Wildcats (3-2), who tied for second in the SEC at 14-4 and were 26-8 overall in 2021-22, were beaten 88-72 by then-No. 2 Gonzaga on Sunday night. Kentucky will be out to extend its home winning streak to 23 games.
Tipoff from Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., is set for 4 p.m. ET. Kentucky leads the all-time series 1-0, defeating North Florida 86-52 last season. The Wildcats are a 26.5-point favorite in the latest North Florida vs. Kentucky odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 153.5. Before making any Kentucky vs. North Florida picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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- North Florida vs. Kentucky spread: Kentucky -26.5
- North Florida vs. Kentucky over/under: 153.5 points
- UNF: The Ospreys are 8-1 against the spread in their last nine games following a straight-up loss
- UK: The Wildcats are 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine games following an ATS loss
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Why Kentucky can cover
The Wildcats have six players averaging in double figures, led by senior forward Oscar Tshiebwe. Although he has only played in three of the Wildcats’ first five games, he has scored at least 20 points in two of them and registered a double-double both times. In the loss at Gonzaga, Tshiebwe scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. He had 22 points and 18 rebounds in a double-overtime loss to Michigan State in the Champions Classic on Nov. 15. For the season, he is averaging 16…