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SEC Basketball Missouri Tigers at Florida Gators Time, Odds, Free Pick

College basketball on Saturday and we will see the Missouri Tigers travel south to take on the Florida Gators. The game is scheduled for a 2:00 pm (Eastern) start time and will be televised on ESPN. Currently the odds for the game have Florida favored by 13.5 points while the total sits at 134.5.  Check out Sportsbook Spy to see who the Public is taking on all of today's games.

Free Analysis:  Missouri looks for its second victory against a top 10 opponent, while it makes its first trip to the state of Florida since 1977.  The Tigers have won three of their last four games, including a 79-62 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs as 13-point home favorites. The Tigers have won seven of their 10 games against ranked opponents under head coach Frank Haith, including a 4-2 mark versus those in the top 10.  Missouri is still unsure of the status of senior forward Laurence Bowers, as he’s still trying to recover from a sprained MCL in his right knee.   With Bowers (16.8 points, 6.9 rebounds) out a second straight game after spraining his right MCL in a win over Alabama on Jan. 8, coach Frank Haith juggled his starters. His four-guard lineup surrendered 22 points and 18 rebounds to Mississippi’s Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner. So forwards Tony Criswell and Stefan Jankovic each drew their first start against Georgia, but the two players they replaced (Earnest Ross and Keion Bell) combined to score all 29 bench points for Missouri. Defensively, the team ranks ninth in the Southeastern Conference in allowing 64.6 points per game, while they average 77 ppg on the year.

The Florida Gators have the look of a Final Four team and if there was any doubt UF came out and made a statement waxing Texas A&M on the road on Thursday. The Gators are stacked from top to bottom and are an unblemished 7-0 at home this season despite not taking the easy road as they have played the 19th ranked schedule in the nation. As a team Florida is averaging 73.6 points, 14.4 assists, and they are shooting 48.3 percent from the floor. For most of Billy Donovan’s first 16 seasons as coach of No. 9 Florida, his teams have been strong offensively. This edition of the Gators is easily on pace to become the best defensive squad he’s had.  During his time in Gainesville, Donovan’s teams have surrendered an average of 66.8 points, but this team is ranked third in the nation in scoring defense at 51.7 points per game and coming off another fine effort in Thursday’s 68-47 victory at Texas A&M.  Kenny Boynton is averaging 13.2 points, Mike Rosario is averaging 12.8 points, Patric Young is averaging 11.5 points and 6.4 rebounds, and Erik Murphy is averaging 12.3 points. 

Free Pick: Even without Bowers in this one I like the Tigers to keep I close. The Gators have allowed 47.6 ppg in their first 3 SEC games, but Georgia, A&M and LSU all don’t possess great or even good offenses. Missouri does as they come in scoring 77 ppg on 45.3% shooting. Defensively the Gators allow just 51.2 ppg overall on 36.8% shooting, but the Tigers have played pretty good defense this year, allowing teams to shoot just 38.3% from the floor, while allowing 64.6 ppg. Yes the swamp is a tough place for teams to play and this will be Missouri’s first ever trip here, but I d feel that they make a good showing of it in this one. They have more than enough offense to keep this one in single digits, even without Bowers.  


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