Florida, Florida State Battle Wednesday In College Basketball

By: Willie Bee | Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Florida Gators at Florida State Seminoles
College Basketball Betting Preview
12/05/2012 at 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Florida -5, O/U 135½
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Television: ESPN2

Florida Gators: Coach Billy Donovan's club has risen to fifth in the latest AP Poll, and the Gators (6-0 straight-up, 3-1 against the spread) look to remain unbeaten with a win on Wednesday before taking 10 days off. Florida is coming off an 82-49 rout of Marquette in last week's SEC/Big East Challenge, and holds the all-time edge in the series with FSU (41-22). The Gators have won and covered the last three vs. the Seminoles. One key loss for Florida could be F/C Erik Murphy (12.3 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game), who was listed as doubtful with a hip injury but has since been upgraded to probable (click to check updated college basketball injury report).

Florida State Seminoles: After an embarrassing 61-56 loss to Mercer in an unlined game this past Sunday at home, the Seminoles (4-3 SU, 3-2 ATS) bring a two-game losing streak into Wednesday's contest. Minnesota popped FSU five days earlier, 77-68, with the 'Noles laying three in that ACC-Big Ten battle. A big problem for Florida State this season has been turnovers, as the team is committing an average of 16.3 per game, most in the ACC. The last three times the Gators visited Tallahassee, the final score fell "under" the total.

Temple Owls at Villanova Wildcats
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12/05/2012 at 9:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Pick'em, O/U 139
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Television: ESPN2

Temple Owls: It's the first "Big 5" matchup of the season for the Owls (5-0 SU, 2-2 ATS), who won five of their six games against La Salle, Saint Joseph's, Villanova and Penn a year ago. That includes a 78-67 win over 'Nova as 4-point home favorites, the third straight cover for Temple vs. the Wildcats and third consecutive "over" as well. The Owls have covered both of their road games this season with wins at Buffalo (54-39 as 7½-point chalk) and at Kent State (80-66 while laying 4½)

Villanova Wildcats: Coach Jay Wright and Villanova (4-3 SU, 4-2 ATS) hope to avoid falling to 0-2 in the Big 5 standings after dropping a 77-74 overtime decision at La Salle during the Thanksgiving holiday. The Wildcats did get the cover as 3½-point dogs and have since bounced back with a 62-52 victory at Vanderbilt, where they were getting 1½ points from the oddsmakers. Ryan Arcidiacono leads four Villanova players in double-digits with a 12.9 points per game and also leads the team in assists with 4.4 per game.

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