Mississippi Rebels vs. Florida Gators Odds, Betting Preview, Pick

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2013

GAINESVILLE, FL - JANUARY 19:  Forward Erik Murphy #33 of the Florida Gators looks for a basket against the Missouri Tigers January 19, 2013 at Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.  The Gators won 83 - 52. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The Florida Gators have won eight straight against Ole Miss, and are the heavy favorites to extend that streak to nine straight wins when they host the Mississippi Rebels this Saturday.

With the defending NCAA champion Kentucky Wildcats having an off year thus far, the Florida Gators have looked like the class of the SEC with a 17-2 SU and 12-4 ATS record this season.

They opened as 14.5-point favorites in this SEC basketball battle, according to OddsShark.com, but the line was sitting at -17.5 early Saturday.

Florida is a perfect 8-0 SU and ATS over its last eight games with a 7-0 SU and ATS record in conference play thus far.

Coming into the season unranked, the Mississippi Rebels have been one of college basketball’s biggest surprises with a 17-3 SU and 9-6 ATS record thus far. The Rebels rank fifth in the country on offense, averaging 80 points per game, led by junior guard Marshall Henderson’s 19.3 PPG.

Ole Miss had a nine-game winning streak snapped Tuesday with an 87-74 loss at home to Kentucky.

Florida is 10-1 SU and 7-4 ATS in its last 11 games against Ole Miss, but the Rebels have fought back recently with a 3-1 ATS record in their last four meetings (albeit with no straight-up wins over that stretch).

Florida, ranked No. 4 in the country, was expected to finally face a challenge in its SEC schedule. The Rebels were ranked No. 16 in the latest AP basketball poll.

Important reserves Nick Williams (foot) and Aaron Jones (knee) were not expected to play for Ole Miss, putting added pressure on the SEC's leading scorer, Marshall Henderson.

The total has gone UNDER in three of the last four meetings between these two teams. The total was setting in around 134 points at most sportsbooks in Vegas and online.

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