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College Basketball Betting News and Notes Wednesday 11/14

College Basketball Betting News and Notes Wednesday 11/14

Game of the day: Wisconsin at Florida

Wisconsin Badgers at Florida Gators (-5, 121)

Defense is the focal point as Florida hosts Wisconsin on Wednesday. The 20th-ranked Badgers, which posted an 87-47 victory over Southeastern Louisiana in Sunday's opener, led Division I in scoring defense last season. Meanwhile, the Gators allowed just nine first-half points -- setting a shot-clock era team record for fewest points allowed in a half -- during Sunday's 84-35 win against Alabama State.

Both teams have gone to backup plans at point guard. Florida coach Billy Donovan suspended his starter, Scottie Wilbekin, last week and said Tuesday he's highly unlikely to play against the Badgers. Wisconsin's earmarked starter Josh Gasser tore his ACL in preseason practice.

ABOUT WISCONSIN (1-0): The Badgers are facing a top-10 opponent on the road in November for the second straight season. forward Mike Bruesewitz was expected to miss the first month of the season after lacerating his leg in a freak mishap in practice. Instead, Bruesewitz suited up and tallied 10 points in 13 minutes of floor time against Southeastern Louisiana. Having Bruesewitz available will help against Florida's talented front line.

ABOUT FLORIDA (1-0): Donovan challenged his starters prior to the Alabama State game, promising to bench the entire quintet quickly if he didn't like their play. The Gators responded by taking an 8-0 lead and 8 percent shooting in the first half. Kenny Boynton, who leads all active SEC players in career scoring, is playing the point in Wilbekin's absence. Boynton had 22 points and five assists Sunday, surpassing Neal Walk to become the seventh all-time scorer at Florida.


* Badgers are 5-0 ATS in their last five vs. Southeastern.
* Gators are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six non-conference games.
* Under is 7-1 in Badgers last eight vs. Southeastern.
* Over is 9-3 in Gators last 12 vs. Big Ten.


1. Last season marked the second time in the past five years Wisconsin led Division I in scoring defense. The Badgers have ranked in the top 10 in fewest points allowed for six straight years.

2. The Badgers started redshirt freshman George Marshall at PG against Southeastern Louisiana. Marshall became the first freshman to start a Wisconsin season opener since Devin Harris in 2001.

3. Florida junior F Casey Prather will miss the Wisconsin game. Prather is still recovering after suffering two concussions in a nine-day span.

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NCAAB Preview

-- Wisconsin is without PG Gasser, which hurts them in games like this. Florida was up 4 at half on Georgetown on battleship but conditions caused game to be cancelled; Gators have 3 starters back from 26-11/10-6 team. SEC home favorites of less than 10 points are 4-2 vs spread.
-- Cornell lost 79-58 at St Bonaventure LY; Big Red won its opener vs Western Michigan by 8- they've got 3 starters back from 12-16 team. Ivy League underdogs are 2-2-1 vs spread. Bonnies won opener by 10 vs Bethune-Cookman- they've got 3 starters back from 20-12/10-6 team.
-- Louisiana Tech has three starters back from 18-16/6-8 team; they lost opener by 12 to Texas A&M. Ark-Little Rock lost 71-68 at Tech LY; Trojans lost three starters from 15-16 team that got hot in league play (12-4). Sun Belt road underdogs are 2-7 vs spread this season.

-- Creighton won 70-60 at UAB LY; Bluejays have 4 starters back from 29-6/14-4 team. MVC home favorites are 3-0 vs spread so far this year. Blazers return 67% of its scoring from LY's 15-16/9-7 but they got new coach- they pounded on a stiff in opener. This is tough road opener.
-- Saint Louis has 3 starters back from 26-8/12-4 team that won NCAA tourney game, but Majerus is ill and isn't coaching. A-16 faves are 7-3 vs spread so far this month. Santa Clara has all 5 starters back from 8-22 team that fell apart after star Foster was suspended-- not sure how good Foster will be now that he is back on team.
-- Toledo lost first two games, by 12 at Loyola, 26 at Minnesota; they only lost one kid from LY's 19-17/7-9 team, but they're still rebuilding. Northern Iowa has 4 starters back from 20-14/9-9 team. MAC road dogs are 2-8 vs spread this month. MVC home favorites are 3-0.

-- UC-Riverside lost by 7 at UIC, 32 at DePaul on midwest swing; they lost 4 starters from LY's 14-17/7-9 team and are playing lot of freshmen. Fresno State (+12) lost 55-53 at Texas in opener, outscored 18-6 on foul line. Big West double digit underdogs are 4-2 against the spread.
-- Texas Tech has interim coach after Gillispie was fired for breaking the rules on length of practices; Tech has 16 players on roster, as Gillispie kept reloading roster. Omaha beat Northern Illinois in its opener, fairly promising start, then lost to St Mary (KS), who I have never heard of.
-- Western Illinois was 18-15 LY, losing in OT to South Dakota State in Summit tournament; Leathernecks have 3 starters back- they whacked a D-3 team in opener. SIU-Edwardsville has 4 starters back from 10-17 team (6-10 in first year in OVC). They lost opener at Missouri by 14.

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CBB: Streaks, Tips, Notes 

Wisconsin at Florida

Wisconsin and Florida try and keep unblemished seasons in tack. Badgers off a 26 win campaign and trip to the Sweet 16 thanks to a nation best 53.2 points allowed tipped things off overwhelming Southeastern Louisiana Lions 87-47 at the Kohl Center in a non-lined game. Meanwhile, Florida also finishing 2011-12 with 26 wins before bowing out in the Elite Eight Round cruised past Alabama St. Hornets 84-35 in their non-lined game on Sunday. Wisconsin will be competitive thanks to it's suffocating defensive but losing Jordan Taylor (14.8 PPG) their top scorer from last seasons team which averaged a mere 64 points/game seniors Ryan Evans (11.0), Jared Berggren (10.5) had better step. Billy Donovan's Gators return three starters that helped the team net 75.9 points/game last season.

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College Basketball Points Spreads, Picks and Trends
By: The Linemakers

Wisconsin vs. Florida headlines Wednesday’s college hoops slate. Here are point spreads and trends analysis for that top-25 clash and some other games on tonight’s card from The Linemakers on Sporting News.

No. 22 Wisconsin at No. 10 Florida, 7:00 p.m. ET

Line: Florida -6, Total: 122.5


Wisconsin is 1-4 SU in its last five games on the road

The total has gone over in five of Wisconsin’s last six games on the road

Florida is 4-1 SU in its last five games

Florida is 22-2 SU in its last 24 games at home

The Linemakers take: Both teams are without their projected starting point guards. Scott Wilbekin is suspended for Florida, and Kenny Boynton moves from shooting guard to point. Josh Gasser of Wisconsin tore his ACL in preseason practice and was replaced by redshirt freshman George Marshall in the opener. Also, Florida forward Casey Prather is out with a concussion.

UAB vs. No. 15 Creighton, 8:05 p.m. ET (Omaha, Neb.)

Line: Creighton -15.5, Total: N/A


Blazers are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 Wednesday games.

Blazers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.

Blazers are 22-9-2 ATS in their last 33 road games.

Bluejays are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Wednesday games.

Bluejays are 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 non-conference games.

Bluejays are 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight home games.

Bluejays are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall.

Toledo at Northern Iowa ( -15)

Toledo, picked to win the MAC West, has started the season 0-2, losing both games on road. The Rockets had 19 wins last season and return all five starters this year, but they are not eligible for the NCAA Tournament. This is a big number for Northern Iowa, which has four starters back from a 20-win team, to be laying. Northern Iowa faces a brutal non-conference schedule the rest of the way.

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