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CBB : ATS Matchup
Sunday 11/18/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore




MIDDLE TENN ST (2 - 0) vs. FLORIDA (2 - 0)
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Sunday, 11/18/2012 4:00 PM
at Tampa Bay Times Forum - Tampa, FL
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MIDDLE TENN ST - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games2-000-00-077.531.546.2%
Road Games1-000-00-
Last 5 Games2-000-00-077.531.546.2%
MIDDLE TENN ST Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)77.531.524-5346.2%6-1441.4%22-3367.2%4012192311143
vs opponents surrendering68.232.624-5345.0%6-1636.2%15-2267.2%35916169144
Team Stats (Road Games)58.023.016-3842.1%1-250.0%25-3865.8%3511112412214
Stats Against (All Games)54.029.019-5038.0%4-1526.7%12-2548.0%3398247214
vs opponents averaging56.225.521-5339.3%5-1727.4%10-1759.1%34911177174
Stats Against (Road Games)55.029.021-5339.6%2-1612.5%11-2347.8%341392612213

FLORIDA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games2-0+11-01-
Road Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
Last 5 Games2-0+11-01-
FLORIDA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)79.045.027-5053.5%7-1838.9%18-2572.0%451113116163
vs opponents surrendering70.93426-5447.8%6-1738.0%13-1870.6%37914156134
Team Stats (Road Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Stats Against (All Games)45.520.016-5728.7%5-2225.0%7-1258.3%251010199141
vs opponents averaging60.529.222-5739.7%6-2031.0%9-1657.3%321012156134
Stats Against (Road Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Average power rating of opponents played: MIDDLE TENN ST 63.5,  FLORIDA 72
MIDDLE TENN ST - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/9/2012ALABAMA ST97-53W - -33-6848.5%45717-4736.2%3222
11/13/2012@ SAVANNAH ST58-55W - -16-3842.1%352121-5339.6%3421
11/20/2012@ UCF              
11/24/2012TEXAS SOUTHERN              
11/29/2012@ LA-LAFAYETTE              
12/2/2012@ AKRON              
12/8/2012OLE MISS              

FLORIDA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/11/2012ALABAMA ST84-35W - -28-5947.5%501212-5621.4%3019
11/18/2012*MIDDLE TENN ST              
11/20/2012SAVANNAH ST              
12/5/2012@ FLORIDA ST              
FLORIDA: The Gators have the talent and experience to win the SEC with three returning starters from a squad that made last year's Elite Eight and were four points shy of making the Final Four. Billy Donovan's teams are always fun to watch and led the nation last season with 9.6 threes per game. Even though Bradley Beal isn't back, leading scorer Kenny Boynton (15.9 PPG, 3.0 threes per game, 41% 3-pt FG) is and he should only thrive with more touches. Where the Gators become really dangerous though is in the frontcourt, a crew that can stretch any defense. Now-senior Erik Murphy (10.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG) made 1.7 threes per game last season on a 42.1% clip, making it difficult for any team to defend the 6-foot-10 athlete. Fellow big man Patric Young (10.2 PPG, 6.4 RPG) is more of a traditional post player at 6-foot-9, but makes the most of his chances down low making 61.8% of his field goals last year. He should be ready to become a dominant big as a junior, helping take this team to a conference crown. And the team even receives a solid reinforcement in the form of 6-foot-1 point guard Braxton Ogbueze, who should provide quality minutes and distribute the ball effectively.
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*Middle Tennessee-Florida Preview* ==================================


Middle Tennessee (2-0) at Florida (2-0), 4:00 p.m. EDT

While some thought Florida might take a step back after losing Bradley Beal and Erving Walker, Erik Murphy's much-improved game could keep the Gators among the nation's elite.

Scottie Wilbekin's return from suspension should also help.

Wilbekin will be available for the first time Sunday as No. 10 Florida and Middle Tennessee square off in Tampa.

Wilbekin was reinstated Friday after a team-imposed ban held him out of three games - including Florida's canceled season opener against Georgetown aboard the USS Bataan. The junior entered this season as the starting point guard but is expected to come off the bench Sunday.

"He certainly paid a price of missing three games," coach Billy Donovan said. "I felt like it was time to let him come back and start practicing and be part of our team.

"I think right now he needs to move forward ... and if he does that, he has the opportunity to earn back what he's lost."

The Gators (2-0) haven't missed a beat without Wilbekin, cruising to an 84-35 win over Alabama State last Sunday before easily beating No. 22 Wisconsin 74-56 on Wednesday. Murphy led the way with a career high-tying 24 points, making all 10 of his field-goal attempts.

"Mr. Versatility is what you should call him," teammate Pat Young said. "He knocked down 3s. He knocked down pull-ups. He was in the post. He was making moves. He was getting offensive rebounds and putting them back up. That was just really cool just seeing him play that way.

"I know he's been able to play like that for a long time. It's just been a matter of time for him to get the opportunity to actually do it, and I'm really proud of him."

More than half of Murphy's 270 field-goal attempts in 2011-12 came from 3-point range, but he's learning to make better use of his 6-foot-10 frame.

"That's the one dimension that I told Erik that he needed to add to his game: being able to catch the ball inside against a smaller person and score," Donovan said.

Murphy and the Gators will look to stay hot against the Blue Raiders (2-0) as these schools meet for the first time. Though Florida will be a clear favorite, Donovan isn't taking this matchup lightly after Middle Tennessee went 27-7 last season.

"I think sometimes people look at leagues and they determine BCS, high-major, mid-major, low-major, and I think that Middle Tennessee the last couple years has been a high-major program," he said.

"They've got a lot of depth, they're very, very well coached. ... (Coach Kermit Davis has) built an incredible program there, so this is an unbelievable challenge for us - and maybe even in some ways a much, much more difficult challenge than playing Wisconsin."

The Blue Raiders posted a 97-53 win over Alabama State in their opener, then pulled out a 58-55 victory at Savannah State on Tuesday. Senior Marcos Knight scored a career-high 21 points off the bench for Middle Tennessee, which overcame 21 turnovers.

"Every possession counts," Knight told the school's official athletics website. "Coach Davis talks to us about that. You can't turn the ball over, you've got to box out, rebound, make good shots, move the ball from side to side. He's a great coach and we listen to him and came out with the victory."

The Blue Raiders have dropped their last six matchups against ranked foes by an average of 32.3 points.

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