Florida vs. Vanderbilt Prediction and Odds (Bet Gators on the Road)

Florida Gators guard Phlandrous Fleming Jr.
Florida Gators guard Phlandrous Fleming Jr. / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Florida is squarely on the NCAA Tournament bubble and must avoid any setbacks at this point in the season, so there will be a lot of interest in the team's game against Vanderbilt on the road on Tuesday.

The Gators have struggled away from home this season and will face a Vandy team that has been kind to bettors of late, cashing against the spread in four of their last five games. Here is the betting analysis for this pivotal SEC matchup ahead of the conference tournament next week.

Odds courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook:

Florida vs. Vanderbilt Odds, Spread and Total


  • Florida: PK
  • Vanderbilt: PK


  • Florida: -110
  • Vanderbilt: -110

Total: 134.5 (Over -110/Under -110)

Florida vs. Vanderbilt Prediction and Pick

This game is being lined as a toss up, but I see some edges for Florida that makes me believe the Gators are the right side. Of course there should be more motivation on Mike White's sideline given they need the win to stay in the bubble conversation, but on the court, the team has a leg up on the Commodores.

It starts inside where Collin Castleton provides a ton of resistance at the rim. He is top 35 in the country in block rate, and the Gators are top 100 in defensive field goal percentage at the rim. In the first meeting, UF won 61-42 despite Castleton missing the game.

While Vandy may be in line to score more after a dismal 12-of-23 performance from the free throw line in that game, I still give the nod to Florida on the interior. The Gators take a ton of 3-pointers (first in the SEC in 3-point rate) but have the best two-point offense in the league. If UF can get inside and convert some easy buckets, it's going to be tough sledding for the 'Dores to keep up given the Gators defensive prowess.

Ultimately, in a must win spot I lean towards the Gators getting the win. I trust Castleton to send shots away from in close and Florida to win another ugly game.

LEAN: Florida PK

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