Florida vs. Auburn: Prediction, pick, line, spread, odds, SEC Tournament live stream online

By Adam Silverstein
March 16, 2019
Florida vs. Auburn: Prediction, pick, line, spread, odds, SEC Tournament live stream online
Basketball

Image Credit: Graphic by Michael Nash

The Florida Gators locked up a 2019 NCAA Tournament bid with a stunning upset of the No. 9 LSU Tigers in the quarterfinals of the 2019 SEC Tournament on Friday. With consecutive wins in the postseason event, eight-seed Florida is looking for the opportunity to play for an SEC title when it takes on the five-seed Auburn Tigers in semifinal action on Saturday afternoon.

Will it happen? Let’s take a look at what you need to know and how you can watch Florida-Auburn.


Viewing information

Date: Saturday, March 16 | Time: 1 p.m. ET
Location: Bridgestone Arena — Nashville, Tennessee (Capacity: 19,395)

TV: ESPN (Karl Ravech, Jimmy Dykes, Laura Rutledge)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com | SiriusXM: TBA | Radio: WRUF, TuneIn

Live updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter

Tale of the tape

Florida Gators Auburn Tigers
Head coach Mike White Bruce Pearl
Record 19-14 24-9
Conference SEC SEC

Prediction and analysis

Spread: Florida +3 | O/U: 135.5

The Gators’ luck has to run out at sometime, and considering this team only has two winning streaks of more than two games this season, odds are that they will not head to the SEC Tournament finals on Sunday. To be fair to Florida, it got the job done. UF needed to ensure it locked up an NCAA Tournament bid, and the team did just that Friday, battling back from 13 down in the second half to pick up its second ranked win of the season. Auburn, however, is a tough monster to slay, and Pearl is a terrific coach keen on winning big games like this. It will be tough for a tired Florida team to match up, so if the spread stays here, the pick is AU and the over in what should be a good game. However, if it hits four or goes even higher, go with the Gators, who should keep it close.

2018-19 records: ATS picks 6-1 | O/U picks 5-1

Projected starting five

PG Andrew Nembhard, freshman (6-foot-5, 191 pounds)
G KeVaughn Allen, senior (6-foot-2, 193 pounds)
G Jalen Hudson, redshirt senior (6-foot-6, 195 pounds)
G Noah Locke, freshman (6-foot-3, 205 pounds)
F Keyontae Johnson (6-foot-5, 225 pounds)
F/C Kevarrius Hayes, senior (6-foot-9, 227 pounds)

Game notes

» Florida is just 79-88 all-time against Auburn, though the Gators are 3-1 vs. the Tigers under White and 9-1 in their last 10 meetings. AU beat UF 76-62 back on Feb. 5 in Auburn, Alabama.
» The Gators are 45-49 all-time in the SEC Tournament with 10 appearances in the finals and four crowns (2005-07, 2014). Florida is 4-3 vs. Auburn in the SEC Tournament all-time.
» UF is now 4-11 in Quadrant 1 games this season and has two wins over ranked opponents (2-8).
» Florida is 12-22 against AP Top 25 teams and 3-8 against top 10 teams under White.
» The Gators have faced three top 10 opponents over their last four games (1-2).
» Florida is 5-10 when shooting below 40 percent from the field this season, 14-4 when shooting above 40 percent and undefeated (11-0) when hitting more than 46 percent of their shots. The Gators are 2-1 in overtime.

» Allen enters sixth in program history in scoring (1,696) and has an opportunity to enter the top five before the ending the season. He also has the best free throw percentage in program history (.879) and is third in three-point attempts (729) and sixth in makes (246). This will mark Allen’s 131st career start, second-most in program history.
» Hayes is second in program history with 209 blocks.

One Comment

  1. Avatar SW Fl Joe says:

    This week was about doing enough to get into the big dance. Mission accomplished. Gators don’t have the depth nor the stamina to play 4 games in 4 days. We need to take this one easy, get nobody hurt and head home to rest up for next weekend.

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