College Basketball Betting Picks: Mississippi Rebels vs. Florida Gators

No. 16 Mississippi Rebels at No. 4 Florida Gators
Saturday, 2/2/13, 7:00 PM EST, TV:  ESPNU
Opening Point Spread:  Florida -16.5
Current Betting Line:  Florida -17.5
Opening Total:  135
Current Total:  135
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Florida Gators have been destroying SEC opponents this year
The Florida Gators have been destroying SEC opponents this year

Mississippi will attempt to bounce back from a disappointing effort last time out, as it suffered an 87-74 setback to the Kentucky Wildcats as 2.5-point home favorites, while going OVER the total for the first time in four contests.  The Rebels have dropped 10 of their last 11 meetings with the Gators, but four of the last six have been determined by six points or less.  Mississippi is 18-10 ATS as an underdog over the last two-plus seasons, which can’t be ignored when making your college basketball picks against the spread Saturday night.

The Rebels haven’t beaten a top-five opponent since 2001, while they’ve gone 7-19 versus ranked teams under head coach Andy Kennedy.  Mississippi is led offensively by guard Marshall Henderson, who is averaging 21.3 points per game in Southeastern Conference play, but managed to connect on just 5-of19 shots from the field last time out.  Sophomore point guard Jarvis Summers figures to play a key role in the outcome of this game, as he leads the SEC and ranks 12th nationally with a 3.2 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Florida has won nine games in a row, including a 75-36 blowout victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks as 23.5-point home favorites, which served as its eight consecutive spread victory.  “We’re just consistent,” stated Gators forward Will Yeguete.    The Gators have outscored their seven conference opponents by an average of 28.3 points per game, while they’ve knocked down half of their 3-point attempts over their past two games.  Florida is 3-1 ATS as a home favorite of 12.5 or more points this season, which is important to consider when looking over the college basketball betting lines.

The Gators have four players averaging in double figures, with senior guard Kenny Boynton leading the way, scoring 13.6 points per game.  Florida is shooting 13.6 percent better than its opponents from the field, which is truly an amazing statistic that will make the team a popular NCAA basketball picks.  Boynton and Co. lead the league in averaging 8.6 3-point makers per game.

Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, as the OVER is 19-7 in the Gators last 26 Saturday games.

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