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Florida Struggling To Cover on the Road

The Florida Gators have looked fairly good so far this season with their only two losses coming against ranked teams, but a disturbing trend has continued from last season. Florida is just 3-8-1 ATS in their past 12 road games. The Gators will try to fix their losing ways against ranked teams when they visit the top ranked Michigan State Spartans Saturday.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 5-0 in Florida’s past five road games.
  • Michigan State is 4-1 ATS in their past five against Florida.
  • Florida has been held to 39.3 percent shooting against ranked teams this season.

Growing pains were expected for Florida this season under first-year coach Mike White, but the offense has been hard to watch so far this year. The Gators are averaging just 74.3 points on just 42 percent shooting.

Opening the year 10-0 with an average scoring margin of plus-24.7 points has removed any doubts anyone could have about the Spartans.  Michigan State also has, arguably, the best player in the nation in Denzel Valentine. The senior is averaging 18.8 points, 8.9 rebounds and 7.7 assists so far this season.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NCAA basketball betting line for this matchup, Michigan State sat as -10-point favorites over at MyBookie. Also, check out the current over/under betting total for points scored, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline

Florida Gators vs Michigan State Spartans Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Michigan State Spartans are 10-0 so far on the season, and 7-2 ATS vs the number. The Florida Gators, meanwhile, are 6-2 and 5-2-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Michigan State go 3-6 and the Florida Gators go 3-5 on betting totals.

The Michigan State Spartans sit at No. 2 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Florida Gators sit at No. 36 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Florida Gators rank No. 15 in NCAA Basketball Division 1 with 44.13 per game. That compares with Michigan State’s No. 10 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Michigan State is college basketball's No. 52-ranked team at 8.8 per game, while the Florida Gators rate No. 157 with 6.5 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Gators endured a 66-55 loss at the hands of the Hurricanes on Tuesday, despite a 14-point effort from John Egbunu at BankUnited Center.

Michigan State cruised to victory on Wednesday, running MD-Eastern Shore out of the gym and running up a 78-35 score at Breslin Center.

Betting Trends
  • Florida is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Florida's last 6 games
  • Florida is 3-8-1 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
  • Florida is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road
  • Michigan State is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Michigan State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Michigan State's last 5 games
  • Michigan State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Florida home to Oklahoma State, Saturday, December 19th
Michigan State at Northeastern, Saturday, December 19th