Florida Gators vs. Auburn Tigers 3/16/19, Predictions & Odds

LSU's Will Wade, caught on tape breaking NCAA rules, asks to return

"They don't play as many people as we do, which we knew going into the game, it was going to be an advantage for us".

Wade remains off the LSU sideline, as he has declined to meet with the school and NCAA until the federal government inquiry is complete.

Smart scored 13, but it wasn't enough.

Powered by 36 combined points from true freshmen Andrew Nembhard and Keyontae Johnson, the Gators ended up winning 76-73 to advance to the SEC Tournament semifinals.

They accepted their trophy as the league's regular-season champs from SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey before tipoff in a subdued ceremony.

"Unfortunately, I probably shouldn't have gotten the T, looking back on it", Benford said. It was a subdued ceremony; guard Tremont Waters insisted the drama of the past week hasn't been a distraction. "We don't want our season to end this short".

"Now, are we an NCAA Tournament team today?" I personally wasn't listening for it.

"We're just trying to stay hopeful", Hayes said. Jalen Hudson made a pair of free throws with 6:05 left to give Florida its first lead of the game at 58-57, setting up a frantic finish.

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Florida is 2-5 ATS in their last seven Saturday games and the under is 10-3 in their last 13 overall. The final ten minute of this matchup went back and forth as the two teams looked destined for their third overtime game of the season. Then Johnson found Nembhard for the winning 3.

Wade sent out a statement today saying as much, and also conveniently failed to address whether or not he was guilty of committing blatant NCAA violations caught on tape by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Exceptional efforts: Johnson was outstanding with the first double-double for a UF freshman in an SEC Tournament game since Donnell Harvey. he posted a team-high 20 points on 8 of 14 shooting (3 of 5 from three) with 12 rebounds.

The Gators split their series with the Tigers in the regular season, taking a win on the road and falling to LSU at home. Asked if he had any knowledge of the offer Wade reportedly discussed on the Federal Bureau of Investigation wiretap, Smart said no.

"I know they have to be exhausted", Doughty said.

Reid was called for a push foul on a Florida player, a second Gator player was attempting a three-point shot behind the foul and was awarded the shot and make as well as the foul. They took a total of 28 three-point shots to just 33 from inside the arc. LSU was whistled for 24 fouls, Florida 10. But the Gators kept shooting 3s and went 6 of 13 in the second half. With all the distractions it was hard to predict how the Tigers were going to play. They wound up shooting 7 of 11 at the line while Florida was 16 of 26.

"To start the game, Florida was running up and down the court with us a little more", Brown said. "I heard guys (say) when there's an interim coach, you're not getting any calls". Florida needs to win with defense, but I think that will be a challenge against Auburn.

Wade told Sports Illustrated on Thursday that he was put on leave because he didn't submit to an interview with LSU and NCAA officials.

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