College basketball point spread favors Gators in battle with Crimson Tide

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15-2 January 23, 2014, 07:00 | Coleman Coliseum 8-9



College basketball wagering interest will be high on Thursday when the Gators of Florida hit the hard court against the Crimson Tide of Alabama.

Alabama will face the 15-2 Gators, who own a 6-5-2 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Crimson Tide are 6-6-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Gators are 4-8-1 favoring the OVER.

View Florida Gators vs Alabama Crimson Tide Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Crimson Tide installed as 4.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Crimson Tide rated this week at No. 191 and the Gators sitting at No. 30.

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Last time out for Florida, they were a 68-61 winner as they battled Auburn on the road. They failed to cover in the match as an 8-point favorite. Florida got 21 points from Casey Prather en route to a 68-61 victory over Auburn on Saturday at Auburn Arena.

In their last action, Alabama was a 68-47 loser on the road against Missouri. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as underdogs. Alabama was crushed on Saturday, getting blown out by Missouri and falling by a 68-47 score at Mizzou Arena.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Alabama's No. 193-rated squad against Florida's No. 110-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Alabama rates No. 154 in the country with 5.82 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 155 nationally with 5.82 per match.

A few Gators at Crimson Tide trends to consider:
Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Alabama
Florida is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Alabama
Florida is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Alabama
Alabama is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games at home
Alabama is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Florida
Alabama is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Florida
Alabama is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Florida


Next up:
Florida home to Tennessee, Saturday, January 25th
Alabama at LSU, Saturday, January 25th
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