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Kent St. vs. Florida College Hoops Free Prediction / Preview

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Date/Time: Thursday 7 PM EST Saturday December 9, 2010
Venue: Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesville, FL
Broadcast: ESPN2
Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Florida Gators Betting Lines from Justbet.com
Money Line: Kent State (+1000) Florida (-1300)
Spread: Florida -14
Over/Under: 136.5
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Kent State Golden Flashes vs. No. 24 Florida Gators Preview

Many NCAA hoops experts gave Florida (6-2) a legit chance to be a National Championship contender, but they already have 2 losses and they were crushed in their only game against a ranked team. They are at home and big favorites against Kent State (7-0), who is a legit team, but is 0-2 in road games this season. College basketball lines have Florida as 14-point favorites in this game with a total of 136.5.

In their last games both teams played Saturday, but with different results with Florida beating American University 67-48 while Kent State lost to Alabama- Birmingham 75-59.

This is the first ever meeting between these 2 schools. Florida cannot overlook Kent State to their next game when they face 5th ranked Kansas State.

Florida head coach Billy Donovan was all over his team for playing selfish basketball in their 57-54 loss to Central Florida last week and they came back in their next game against American University committing a season-low 10 turnovers.

Kent State has a good offense averaging 74.6 ppg and when they have scored more than 70 points they are 5-0 on the season. The Golden Flashes may have a problem getting to 70 points tonight against a solid Gators’ defense that ranks 35th in the nation only allowing opponents to shoot 37.9% from the floor. Florida has given up less than 60 ppg in their last 6 games and has won 5 of those 6 games.

Florida will have to play especially good D on F Justin Greene (18.6 ppg), who leads the Golden Flashes in scoring. Donovan recently stated about Kent State and Greene, “They are a tough team, they are a physical team. They’ve got a great player in Greene. He’s a guy who can really score and post up in around the basketball, a really good passer.”

Overall Kent State has 3 players that are averaging over 10 ppg, as along with Green G Carlton Guyton (12.6 ppg) and G Rodriquez Sherman (10.9 ppg) can also fill it up. The Gators’ backcourt has to keep Sherman from bombing away from deep, as he is shooting an impressive 53.3% from beyond the 3-point arc. In the loss to Alabama-Birmingham the Golden Flashes only shot 5/18 from 3-point land (.278) and they will have shoot the rock better tonight.

Kent State runs a lot of creative plays and their offense relies on good passing and they will have to do that tonight for any chance to win since the Gators are a much more athletic team.

Florida also has 3 players that are averaging in double figures in G Erving Walker (13.3 ppg), G Kenny Boynton (12.8 ppg), and F Chandler Parsons (10.8 ppg). These 3 play a great high-low game and they have to pass well and take advantage of their athleticism in this game.

Kent State has not played good defense recently, as in their last game they allowed Alabama-Birmingham to shoot over 50% from the floor and in their last 3 games they have allowed opponents to shoot over 47%.

The Golden Flashes rank 40th in the nation in rebounds per game, but were out-rebounded in their last loss to UAB, which cost them. They are not a team that shoots a high field goal percentage so they need to hit the offensive glass hard. Florida rebounds well as a team led by Parsons (6 rpg). If the Gators can control the boards they should be in good shape in this game.

Florida is a better team and they are at home, where they are very tough to beat. They will dominate the boards and keep Greene from having a huge game. The Gators will easily win this game and cover the spread.

Gambling Trends:

This season neither team has been a good one to wager on to sat the least, as Florida is 1-5 ATS and Kent State is 2-5 ATS.
Florida is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games, 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games, and have an Over record of 5-2 in their last 7 home games.
Kent State is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games against teams with a winning record, and have an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.

Pick: Florida -14

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