Florida Gators (12-4) vs. Ole Miss Rebels (9-7)
NCAAB: Saturday January 13th 2018 1:00 PM EST Time
LINE: Florida -4
Watch out, eight of the Rebels’ nine wins this season have occurred at home. For the second time this week, Ole Miss faces a team undefeated in conference play. The Rebels are coming off an 85-70 setback on the road to No. 22 Auburn on Tuesday, snapping a 10-game winning streak against the Tigers.
Gators Hoping To Keep Road Streak Alive
Florida has won a season-best six straight, including its first four Southeastern Conference games, and sits alone atop the league standings with a half-game advantage on Auburn. The Gators defeated Mississippi State 71-54 at home Wednesday night and now get the other half of the Magnolia State, but on the always-difficult SEC road, where they won a pair last week at Texas A&M and Missouri
The Gators are just 23-29 at Oxford, but with wins in four of the last five trips. UF is 1-0 at Mississippi under Coach Mike White, the Ole Miss alum and former point guard, who took his first Florida team there two years ago and won 80-71
Will Ole Miss Bounce Back?
Ole Miss is coming off an 85-70 loss at Auburn, a game the Rebels led by 10 at halftime, only to be dominated for the second 20 minutes. They’re one of seven teams jumbled in the middle of the SEC standings with either a 2-1, 2-2 or 1-2 record.
The two programs’ most recent meeting came last Jan. 3, with the Rebels losing 70-63 in the first SEC game played at the renovated Exactech Arena/O’Connell Center. Florida got 20 points off the bench from grad-transfer forward Canyon Barry, while senior point guard Kasey Hillbecame the first UF player since Nick Calathes in 2009 to tally at least five points, rebounds, assists and steals in the same game. The Gators are 3-0 against the Rebels under White.
- Gators are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Gators are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Gators are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Gators are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Rebels are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
- Rebels are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Rebels are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss.
- Rebels are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
For now, it’s all about the energy and activity of Hayes (on both ends) and to continue getting a little something extra from Stone. The play on the perimeter, more often than not, will take care of itself. He is going to be the game changer that leads the Gators to their unbeaten road streak again.