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Florida Vs Ole Miss NCAA Hoops Preview

Florida Vs Ole Miss NCAA Hoops Preview

The Florida Gators will look to stay hot when they hit the road on Saturday to take on an Ole Miss team that will be looking to rebound from a loss the last time out. The longtime SEC rivals are set to clash on Saturday, January 13 at 1:00 PM ET at The Pavilion in Oxford with this matchup airing live on CBS.

Florida Vs Ole Miss NCAA Hoops Preview

Florida at Ole Miss
When: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: The Pavilion at Ole Miss, Oxford, Mississippi
Stream: CBS Sports

At the time of this writing, Florida was riding a five-game winning streak into its Wednesday night home date against Mississippi State that included a narrow 77-75 win at Missouri on Saturday.

With the game tied at 75 all, senior guard Chris Chiozza stepped in to steal a pass from Mizzou’s Jordan Geist before going coast-to-coast for a game-ending layup just before the buzzer to the give the Gators the win.

"I wasn’t really anywhere near the play," Chiozza said. "I just jumped it."

The play helped Florida coach Mike White recall another huge play his heady guard made last season when Chiozza hit a running three-pointer at the overtime buzzer to lift the Gators to an 84-83 victory against Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament.

"Very, very similar, with the same guy," White said. "He’s really smart. He’s an extremely quick thinker. He’s got extremely quick feet. He’s fast. He understands the game. He’s an older guard. He just happened to sniff it out. It was a gamble that paid off."

Ole Miss will be looking to bounce back from its 85-70 beatdown loss against No. 22 Auburn on Tuesday night that dropped the Rebels to 1-2 over their last three games. Breein Tyree scored a team-high 24 points for Ole Miss as the Rebels played without leading scorer Deandre Burnett. Unfortunately, Mississippi fell apart in the second half after leading their conference rivals 45-35 at the break.

"In the second half we just completely melted down, which allowed them to get out and do what they do and get off in the open floor and make plays," Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said.

For this Saturday SEC showdown, the Florida Gators are the easy pick to win this one by a half-dozen points over an Ole Miss team that isn’t as offensively explosive as Florida and certainly doesn’t shoot it as well from the field.

None of Mississippi’s top four scorers shoot even 42.0 percent from the field and that’s just not going to cut it against a Florida team that has been in some big games this year against No. 7 Duke, No. 19 Clemson, and a very good Texas A&M squad.

Florida has held each of their last five opponents to 75 points or less while Ole Miss was held to 70 points against Auburn this week and just 60 points against Georgia on Jan. 3.

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Creighton Vs Xavier College Hoops Preview

Creighton Vs Xavier College Basketball Preview

If you’re a college basketball betting buff that is looking forward to this weekend’s slate of matchups, you’re going to be treated to what looks like a thriller just waiting to happen when No. 25 Creighton hits the road to take on current No. 10 Xavier in a big-time, Big East battle this coming weekend.

Creighton Vs Xavier College Hoops Preview

No. 25 Creighton (14-3) at No. 10 Xavier (15-2)
When: Saturday, January 13, 2017 at 2:00 PM ET
Where: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Stream: Fox Sports Go

Creighton is playing some damned good basketball right now, having won four straight and nine of their last 10 games heading into the weekend. The Bluejays pounded conference rival Butler 85-74 on Tuesday night as Marcus Foster scored 21 of his 23 points in the first half and Martin Krampelj added 14 points and 14 rebounds for his third straight double-double.

"There weren’t many games a year ago that Marcus Foster had eight assists and two turnovers," Creighton coach Greg McDermott said. "I think it’s just another sign of his progress and how he continues to grow as a player in every facet of the game."

No. 10 Xavier had their 10-game winning streak come to an abrupt halt in their humbling 81-72 loss to Providence on Saturday. The Musketeers committed 21 turnovers in the loss as star point guard Trevon Bluiett scored 12 points and went scoreless in the second half while shooting just 4 of 13 from the field. Kerem Kanter led Xavier with 24 points and 12 rebounds.

"Well, it certainly wasn’t our day," Xavier coach Chris Mack told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "You give those guys a lot of credit. That’s not easy when (Providence) drop a home game and turn around and play another team within 48 hours, but so is the Big East and so is our league, so we have to be able to turn the page."

The Musketeers were getting set to play No. 1 Villanova on Wednesday night at the time of this writing.

For this huge Big East battle, I’m going to advise you to back visiting Creighton to get the super narrow road win if only because the Bluejays are just a bit more explosive offensively than Xavier and spread the ball around a little bit more than the Musketeers, who really rely on Trevon Bluiett to have a good offensive game every time out.

Xavier has just two double-digit scorers and both shoot less than 48.4 percent from the field while Creighton has a trio of double-figure scorers and their top two, both shoot at least 50.0 percent from the field. I’m going with Creighton to win this one by a bucket in a flat-out thriller!

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K-State Vs Kansas College Hoops Betting Analysis

K-State Vs Kansas College Hoops Betting Analysis

The unranked Kansas State Wildcats and longtime in-state rival, No. 12 Kansas will both be looking to find some consistency when they square off on Saturday in their Big 12 showdown. K-State went into Wednesday night looking to snap a two-game skid while Kansas will be looking to record their third straight win in this contest.

K-State Vs Kansas College Hoops Betting Analysis

Kansas State Vs No. 12 Kansas
When: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 12:00 PM ET
Where: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS
Stream: Watch ESPN

Kansas State had dropped two straight heading into Wednesday night’s matchup against Oklahoma State looking to snap a modest two-game losing streak, but both of the Wildcats’ losses came against nationally ranked opponents as they lost to No. 2 West Virginia 77-69 on New Year’s Day and followed that up with a 74-58 road loss against No. 9 Texas Tech last Saturday. The Wildcats are averaging 75.9 points per game this season (145th) and limiting the opposition to just 64.9 points per game defensively (33rd).

Kansas has won two straight since losing to Texas tech 85-73 at home on Jan. 2 and come into this contest off a solid, but not overpowering 83-78 win over Iowa State on Tuesday night. Malik Newman scored a career-high 27 points and Svi Mykhailiuk added 23 points to help the Jayhawks pull away late and hold off the upset bid by the Cyclones. Kansas is averaging a stellar 86.6 points per game (14th) while allowing 70.1 points per contest defensively (124th). Still, they’ve lost three of their last nine games since Dec. 6.

For this Saturday matchup, I’m going to advise you to back the Kansas Jayhawks to get the home win by eight points at the most. If the spread is higher than that figure, I advise you to take K-State and the points.

Kansas has some issues with depth once you get past their starting five, but they’re also playing at home and have a better collective group of ballers than Kansas State. I like the Jayhawks to hold it down at home, but not by double digits.

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