NCAA Odds: Florida Gators take on URI Rams

By: Joe Freda | Sunday, January 2, 2011
Kenny Boynton

Kenny Boynton’s shooting woes have been a huge problem for Florida.

The Florida Gators have won five of their last six games, with a 2-1 spread record against ‘board’ foes in that stretch.  Billy Donovan’s troops open January with Monday’s home duel against the Rhode Island Rams, who are riding a three-game winning streak.

Florida has had two days off since Friday’s 71-67 win as a two-point road dog against the Xavier Musketeers.  The Gators connected on 45.1 percent of their field buckets, while holding Xavier to 40.3 percent.

Gators guard Erving Walker notched a team-high 18 points.  The New York native drained 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, while sinking 9-of-11 at the foul line.

Walker’s mate Chandler Parsons grabbed 11 rebounds, equaling his season-high.  The senior forward added a team-high seven assists en route to finishing with five points.

The close battle’s combined 138 points flew above the ‘total’ of 127, ending the Gators’ four-game ‘under’ streak.  Xavier connected on 11-of-17 free throws, while getting outrebounded by Florida, 38-30.

The Gators are 0-5 ATS in their first five home ‘board’ dates, with the ‘total’ split at 2-2 in games containing a number.  Parsons and Co. have put up 71.4 PPG in that span.

Rhode Island’s latest triumph came in Wednesday’s 67-65 win as a one-point home favorite against the Boston College Eagles.  The Rams were outscored in the second half, 35-28, nearly erasing their nine-point lead at the break.

Rams forward Nikola Malesevic logged a team-high 16 points, while adding three assists.  The sophomore hit 6-of-9 from the field, with 4-of-6 coming from three-point land.

Malesevic’s mate Will Martell notched a team-high six boards, while finishing with five points.  The senior center added one of his squad’s six steals.

The tight affair’s combined 132 points plunged below the ‘total’ of 147.  Rhode Island went 9-for-10 at the foul line, while allowing the Eagles to drain 12-of-25 three-point shots.

The Rams are 3-3 ATS in their first six ‘board’ battles away from home, with the ‘over’ going 4-2.  Martell and Co. have allowed 73.7 PPG in that stretch.

Florida has not had any recent meetings against Rhode Island.  The Gators are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 non-conference games.

The Rams are 2-6 ATS in their last eight road duels that followed three or more home contests.  The NCAAB odds ‘over’ is 5-1 in the last six games of that span.

Monday’s matchup tips at 6 p.m. (ET), with ESPNU providing the national television coverage.

Florida will be idle for four days, remaining home for Saturday’s game against the Mississippi Rebels.  Rhode Island will have five days off before resuming action as part of Sunday’s college hoops slate, hosting Xavier.

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