SEC’s top team, Florida Gators, are on the hunt for another conference win when they visit the Mississippi State Bulldogs this weekend. The college basketball betting spread favors Florida by 10.5-points to beat MSU. Tip-off is this Saturday, February 18th at 2:00 PM ET on ESPN from the Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Mississippi.
Florida Gators Vs Mississippi State Bulldogs Spread & ATS Pick
What: No.15 Florida Gators (21-5) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (14-11)
When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Start Time: 2:00 PM ET
Where: Starkville, Mississippi
Stadium: Humphrey Coliseum
Spread: Gators -10.5 (-105)
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Florida vs Mississippi State
Why Bet The Florida Gators To Beat The Bulldogs
The Gators are on a seven-game winning streak after beating Auburn 114-95 in their last outing. They are 21-5 SU and 16-8 ATS this season. They average 80.4 points per game (40th) and give up 66.4 points per game (52nd).
Florida averages 45.6% from the field (114th) and 36.4% from three-point land (118th). In the 19-point win over the Tigers, Senior guard Canyon Barry (13.4 PPG & 3.2 RPG) went off with 30 points coming off the bench. Sophomore guard KeVaughn Allen (13.2 PPG & 2.4 RPG) added 17.
"It was an odd game to me," Florida coach Mike White said. "Outside of early second half, we never could find a defensive rhythm. They were fantastic offensively. They’re just very difficult to defend. Good thing for us it was one of those nights where we made a bunch of shots. We made a bunch of shots, we made a bunch of free throws.
The Gators average 37.5 rebounds, (97th), 13.3 assists (Tied-200th) and 8.1 steals per game. Florida has a 14.0 point differential this season. Junior center John Egbunu leads the team with 6.6 rebounds per game and Senior guard Kasey Hill with 1.9 steals.
Why Bet The Mississippi State Bulldogs To Beat The Gators
The Bulldogs have lost three straight, including a 79-72 defeat against Georgia in the last game. They are 14-11 SU and 12-11-1 ATS this season. They average 74.4 points per game (161st) and allow 71.8 (170th) points per game.
Mississippi State shoots 45.3% from the field (128th) and 36.9% from three-point land (97th). Freshman guard Lamar Peters (12.0 PPG & 3.6 APG) and Mario Kegler (10.5 PPG & 5.6 RPG), along sophomore Quinndary Weatherspoon (16.7 PPG & 5.0 RPG) scored 14 points each in the loss to Georgia.
The Bulldogs average 35.0 rebounds (Tied-227th), 12.3 assists (Tied-263rd), and 7.3 steals per game. They have a slim 2.6 point differential this season. Sophomore forward Aric Holman averages 6.2 rebounds per game and senior guard-forward I.J. Ready 1.5 steals.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Florida is 6-2 ATS on the road, 10-4 ATS as a favorite, 2-3 ATS when the spread was -12.5 to -8.5.
- Florida has won seven of the last ten games in the series against Mississippi State
- MSU is 5-2 ATS at home, 7-4 ATS as an underdog or PK ,1-0 ATS when the spread was +8.5 to +12.5.
- MSU is 7-4 in their last 11 games at home
Florida Vs Mississippi State Expert ATS Pick
Mississippi State has allowed an average of 84.7 points during its three-game skid and will aim to slow down a Florida squad fresh off scoring its most points in an SEC game in program history.
Bet Florida to cover.