Kentucky vs Florida Odds, Pick & Prediction: Bet the Favorite in Postponed CWS Matchup?

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Kentucky Wildcats vs Florida Gators Odds

Wednesday, June 19
11 a.m. ET
Kentucky Odds
-125o / -105u
Florida Odds
-125o / -105u
Odds via Caesars Sportsbook . Get up-to-the-minute NCAAF odds here.

Four Southeastern Conference teams arrived in Omaha before the weekend. While the ACC has just one team remaining, the SEC will send home its first member between Kentucky and Florida.

The stakes couldn’t be higher for the Bracket 2 elimination game, as the winner gets a heavily-injured Texas A&M squad for the chance to go to the championship series.

Florida last played a third game on the weekend during Regionals, electing to throw Pierce Coppola, who has made seven starts this season with a cumulative ERA of 9.16.

The 6-foot-8 sophomore may allow as many runs as innings pitched, but he tends to record a lot of strikeouts in his appearances.

Coppola pitched against Kentucky on May 10, going 2 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run.

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The biggest question for the Gators is the status of the bullpen, as shutdown closer Brandon Neely is up to 68 total pitches after tallying 45 in Monday's victory over NC State. However, both Neely and Fisher Jameson — who threw 52 pitches in Florida's opener against Texas A&M on Saturday — will gain a bit of extra rest after the postponement.

The Wildcats, meanwhile, will lick their wounds after a Monday night loss to Texas A&M. Now, Kentucky will look to win three consecutive games in as many days.

Dominic Niman has been a part of the rotation all season. He has started 16 games but hasn't lasted past the fourth inning since May 4.

Florida torched Niman on May 11, as he gave up six earned runs over four innings of work. The bullpen should be fresh, however, with closer Cameron O’Brien throwing just 28 pitches in Monday’s loss.

Kentucky vs Florida

Betting Picks & Prediction

Kentucky projects at -140 with Niman on the mound against Coppola.

Considering both pitchers were rang up for numerous earned runs against these opposing lineups in early May, there's a chance for runs to finally show up in Omaha.

The projected total for this combination of starting pitchers, bullpen and BaseRuns comes in at 12.6.

Pick: Kentucky ML -140 · Over 11

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