College Basketball Picks: Florida Gators vs. Arkansas Razorbacks

Florida Gators vs. Arkansas Razorbacks
Saturday, 1/11/14, 1:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Florida -1
Current Betting Line:  Arkansas -1
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Arkansas Razorbacks own a 23-game home winning streak
The Arkansas Razorbacks own a 23-game home winning streak

Florida has won six games in a row, including a 74-58 victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks as 16.5-point home favorites Wednesday, while pushing up against the betting total of 132.  The Gators have won six of their last seven games versus the Razorbacks, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks.  The program is 10-7 SU in its SEC road openers under head coach Billy Donovan, including a 10-2 mark over the past 12 seasons.  Florida is 13-14 SU and 13-11 ATS on the road the last two-plus seasons.

The Gators are 5-2 in games decided by a single-digit margin during the 2013-14 campaign, which is far different than their 0-6 mark in that situation a season ago.  Florida ranks ninth nationally in allowing just 58.7 points per game, which is the lowest figure among SEC programs—something that can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  The squad has out-rebounded four straight opponents by double digits, including two of three by more than 20.

Arkansas owns the third-longest current home win streak in the country at 23 games, as it looks to rebound from a 69-53 defeat to the Texas A&M Aggies as two-point road favorites Wednesday.  The Razorbacks are averaging 90.7 points per game at home this season, while they’ve won the turnover battle in every game during their current winning streak at Bud Walton Arena.  The program hasn’t trailed at this venue in its last 155:55 of game time.  Arkansas is 3-0 SUATS as home underdogs of three or fewer points the last two-plus seasons.

The Razorbacks are one of three SEC teams with four players averaging in double figures, while they pace the conference in assists and scoring margin.  Arkansas is a solid 33-21 SU all-time against ranked opponents at this building, including a 4-2 mark under head coach Mike Anderson.  Freshman forward Bobby Portis is the main player to watch, as he’s averaging 12.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

Sports bettors will likely back the Razorbacks due to their 8-1 ATS mark following a SU loss.

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