Unbeaten Powers Collide Saturday When Florida Visits Arizona

By: Willie Bee | Thursday, December 13, 2012

Florida Gators at Arizona Wildcats
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12/15/2012 at 10:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Florida -1, O/U 133½
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Television: ESPN

Florida Gators: The list of unbeaten college basketball teams will be whittled down by at least one this weekend when the Gators (7-0 straight-up, 4-1 against the spread) travel to Tucson for a Top 10 tussle vs. Arizona. Florida will hit the floor for the first time in 10 days following its most recent victory against in-state rival Florida State. Favored by six on the road, Coach Billy Donovan's club had little trouble with the Seminoles in the 72-47 rout that saw the Gators force 22 turnovers and come away with four players in double figures. Florida is second in the country, limiting opponents to 48.3 points per game, and eighth-best in defensive field-goal percentage, allowing teams to shoot just under 35 percent from the field. The Gators, ranked fifth in both polls, are led on the offensive end by Kenny Boynton's 14.4 points per game while fellow senior Erik Murphy is chipping in just under 12 ppg.

Arizona Wildcats: It has been a week since the 'Cats (7-0 SU, 5-1 ATS) were in action with a 66-54 win and cover at Clemson as 5½-point favorites. Mark Lyons led Arizona with 20 points, including a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw line, and the Wildcats dominated the Tigers on the glass with a 40-26 edge, 17 of those boards coming on the offensive end. The offensive rebounds proved huge for Coach Sean Miller's squad that shot a season-low 35.5 percent from the field, well below the season mark (48.6 percent), which ranks 17th in the country. Arizona is also 17th in the nation with a 40.5 percent conversion rate from beyond the arc, where the team is scoring more than 25 points per game on average. All three of the Wildcats' games to carry a total have finished below the mark, and Arizona has covered four of its five home games with a spread.

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