Wisconsin Visits Florida In Top 25 ESPN2 Matchup

By: Willie Bee | Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Wisconsin Badgers at Florida Gators
College Basketball Betting Preview
11/14/2012 at 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Florida -5½, O/U 122½
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Television: ESPN2

Wisconsin Badgers: Coach Bo Ryan brings the Badgers (1-0 straight-up, 0-0 against the spread) into Wednesday's contest ranked 20th in the coaches poll, one of five Big Ten schools in the early Top 25 rankings. Wisconsin has a very experienced group returning to the floor, losing only point guard Jordan Taylor among last year's starters. The Badgers steamrolled Southeastern Louisiana in Sunday's season opener, 87-47, led by Jared Berggren's 19 points and Ben Brust's double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds). Ryan and the Badgers suffered a big blow when junior guard Josh Gasser was lost for the season due to a knee injury suffered in practice in late October, which means redshirt freshman George Marshall will have to step into the starting role at point in an effort to replace Taylor. The good news is forward Mike Bruesewitz was able to play in the season opener after it was thought he would miss November with a leg laceration (click to check updated college basketball injury report).

Florida Gators: Seen as the top threat to unseat Kentucky in the SEC, the Gators (1-0 SU, 0-0 ATS) cranked their season up on Sunday with an 84-35 thrashing of Alabama State in an unlined affair. The contest took place after Florida's original season opener vs. Georgetown was canceled last Friday due to a slippery court aboard the USS Bataan. The Gators were leading 27-23 when the game was called off. Coach Billy Donovan and UF lost two starters from last season, point guard Erving Walker and forward Bradley Beal, but do get top scorer Kenny Boynton (15.9 points per game) back. Boynton played just 22 minutes in the win over Alabama State, but he tallied 22 points and sank all four of his 3-point attempts. Florida also returns center Patric Young, who posted a double-double on Sunday (12 points, 12 rebounds), and forward Erik Murphy to form one of the top frontcourt duos in the SEC. The Gators and Badgers are meeting for the first time since 1968, and the all-time series is tied 1-1.

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