College Basketball Picks: Florida Gators vs. Missouri Tigers

No. 5 Florida Gators at Missouri Tigers
Tuesday, 2/19/13, 9:00 PM EST, TV:  ESPN
Opening Point Spread:  Florida -6
Current Betting Line:  Florida -5
Opening Total:  138
Current Total:  139
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Florida Gators are 18-11 ATS on the road the last two-plus seasons
The Florida Gators are 18-11 ATS on the road the last two-plus seasons

Florida has won three games in a row, including an 83-52 victory over the Auburn Tigers as 17-point road favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the total for the fourth time in five contests.  “I thought Auburn had a real good environment,” stated Gators coach Billy Donovan.  The Gators have been led by their defense for the entire 2012-13 NCAA basketball season, as they rank third nationally in allowing just 52.6 points per game, which has led to a plus-21.7 scoring margin.  Florida is 18-11 ATS on the road the last two-plus seasons, which can’t be ignored when making your college basketball expert picks Tuesday night.

The Gators are hitting 42 percent of their 3-point shots during Southeastern Conference play, while holding foes to 30.3 percent from beyond the arc.  Florida has four players averaging in double figures offensively, with senior guard Kenny Boynton scoring 13.0 points per game.  The program picked up a 31-point win over Missouri in the first meeting on Jan. 19, which was its largest margin of victory over a ranked opponent since 2005.

Missouri will look to bounce back from a 73-71 defeat to the Arkansas Razorbacks last Saturday, while going UNDER the posted total for a second consecutive contest.  The Tigers own a 15-game home-court winning streak, which is the ninth longest such streak in school history and seventh longest active streak in the country.  The team has compiled a dominating 29-1 record when playing at Mizzou Arena under current head coach Frank Haith.  Missouri is 2-3 ATS as an underdog this season, with the UNDER going 3-2 in that situation.

The Tigers are second in the country in grabbing 42.2 rebounds per game, which has played a major part in posting a plus-14.0 advantage in that category over their last seven contests.  Senior forward Alex Oriakhi is the main player to watch underneath the basket, averaging 10.6 points and 8.8 rebounds, while point Phil Pressey runs things on the perimeter.

Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, as the OVER is 10-3 in the Tigers’ last 13 games with a number between 130 and 139.5.

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