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Kansas vs. Florida - 12/5/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida Gators (3-3) at Kansas Jayhawks (5-1)

College Basketball: Friday, December 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Allen Fieldhouse)

The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Florida Gators and Kansas Jayhawks play Friday night at the Allen Fieldhouse.

The Florida Gators have been disappointing, splitting their first six games and this will be their first true road game. On the season, Florida is averaging 63.5 points on 38.7 percent shooting and is allowing 59.7 points on 41 percent shooting. Michael Frazier II leads Florida with 16.2 points and 6.5 rebounds while Jon Horford is averaging 10.3 points and seven rebounds. Dorian Finney-Smith is the third Florida player to average double-digit points and Kasey Hill leads the team with 3.5 assists. The Florida Gators struggles are all on the offensive end, as they’re shooting just 29.5 percent from three and have just five players averaging more than five points per game. Of course, the Gators defense is still one of the best in the country, as they’re forcing close to 15 turnovers per game and have allowed 70 or more points just once.

Kansas vs. Florida - 12/5/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kansas Jayhawks are coming off a big win over Michigan State and hope to build on that here. On the season, Kansas is averaging 69.2 points on 42 percent shooting and is allowing 62.3 points on 49.5 percent shooting. Perry Ellis leads Kansas with 15.3 points and seven rebounds while Frank Mason III is shooting 42.2 percent from the field. Wayne Selden Jr. is averaging 3.7 assists per game and Cliff Alexander is knocking down 56.3 percent of his shots. The Kansas Jayhawks are also struggling offensively, as they have just one player averaging double-digit points and are shooting just 32.6 percent from deep. However, Kansas is averaging 40.8 rebounds per game and have held their last four opponents to 67 or less points. This is another statement game for the young Jayhawks.

The Gators are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big 12 and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Jayhawks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Southeastern and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. 

Florida may not be what it used to be a season ago, but the Gators are still an elite defensive team and hasone of the top coaches in the game. I look for the Gators to keep this game close and give themselves a chance to win late. I just can't lay this many points against a well-coached Florida squad regardless of how it's played to begin the season. 

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Florida Gators +8

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