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Written by Mitch Wilson on December 1, 2013

Connecticut Huskies vs. Florida Gators Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/2/13: Mitch's Free College Basketball Pick Against the Spread
Photo by: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

UConn and Florida battle it out on Monday in a game between two ranked college basketball teams.

The UConn Huskies and the Florida Gators face off on Monday in Top 25 college basketball action.

The UConn Huskies are off to a 7-0 start and while they rely on the outside shot they have been hitting them and are ranked 13th in the nation. After beating Indiana and Boston College in Madison Square Garden the Huskies returned home and beat Loyola-MD. Shabazz Napier leas Connecticut averaging 15 points, 7.6 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 1.7 steals per games. DeAndre Daniels is averaging 13.4 points, Ryan Boatright is averaging 11.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.7 steals, and Niles Giffey is averaging 9.7 points. UConn is averaging 77.6 points and they are shooting 49.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 64 points and their opponents are shooting 36.2 percent. After not going to the tournament last season UConn has there eyes set on making a big slash this year in March Madness.

The Florida Gators are off to a 6-1 start and have rallied for five wins in a row since losing to Wisconsin. The Gators edged rival Florida State by a point in their last game and the schedule doesn’t get any easier facing Kansas and Memphis in their next two games after this one. Casey Prather is averaging 19.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game to lead UF. Michael Frazier II is averaging 14.4 points, Dorian Finney-Smith is averaging 11.8 points and 8.6 rebounds, and Patric Young is averaging 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds. Florida is averaging 73.6 points and they are shooting 46.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 60.3 points and their opponents are averaging 40.1 percent.

UConn is 4-1 against the spread against the SEC, 6-2 against the spread in their last eight home games, and 5-2 against the spread following a win. Florida is 1-4 against the spread following a win, 0-4 against the spread in their last four road games, 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record.

These teams are almost mirror images of one another and that makes for close games but I like Florida’s inside game better and I will take the points with the Gators here. 

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Mitch's Pick: Florida Gators +5

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