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CBB : ATS Matchup
Saturday 12/29/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore



AIR FORCE (8 - 2) vs. FLORIDA (8 - 2)
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Saturday, 12/29/2012 4:30 PM
at BB&T Center - Sunrise, FL
Board OpenLatest
555AIR FORCE131.5131.5
AIR FORCE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games8-2+13-20-076.934.049.2%32.062.830.643.4%32.1
Road Games3-1+22-10-072.031.746.7%24.569.234.045.9%36.0
Last 5 Games3-2-12-10-
AIR FORCE Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)76.934.028-5649.2%9-2339.1%12-1964.6%32816169112
vs opponents surrendering72.832.826-5844.4%8-2234.3%14-2067.4%381114188144
Team Stats (Road Games)72.031.725-5346.7%10-2440.8%12-1773.5%2441216892
Stats Against (All Games)62.830.622-5143.4%7-2230.4%12-1768.2%32812175172
vs opponents averaging62.828.622-5539.8%6-2030.1%13-2065.3%351012187163
Stats Against (Road Games)69.234.024-5245.9%8-2037.8%13-1778.3%361012153163

FLORIDA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games8-2-3.84-31-372.236.046.7%37.151.323.135.9%28.4
Road Games2-2-5.82-20-265.729.745.5%31.556.025.738.3%29.5
Last 5 Games3-2-5.82-20-372.234.247.1%
FLORIDA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)72.236.025-5446.7%8-2235.5%14-2072.1%371114147124
vs opponents surrendering62.929.222-5441.4%6-1832.1%12-1867.4%33912187153
Team Stats (Road Games)65.729.724-5245.5%7-2035.8%11-1765.7%311013167122
Stats Against (All Games)51.323.118-5035.9%5-1731.1%10-1469.7%28810175152
vs opponents averaging673224-5543.5%6-1733.9%13-2067.0%361113177144
Stats Against (Road Games)56.025.718-4738.3%5-1633.3%14-1974.4%29911165143
Average power rating of opponents played: AIR FORCE 61.8,  FLORIDA 75.8
AIR FORCE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/10/2012*ARMY76-65W-7.5W -25-5050.0%351223-6237.1%3213
11/11/2012@ THE CITADEL77-70W-7T -24-4949.0%17825-4456.8%3016
11/15/2012WESTERN ST COL102-68W - -34-6552.3%41523-5343.4%3719
11/18/2012REGIS COLORADO83-43W - -33-6550.8%461515-4930.6%2423
11/21/2012MONTANA ST86-72W-14.5L -35-5959.3%391327-6243.5%289
11/25/2012@ COLORADO74-89L10L -27-6045.0%19630-5356.6%4615
11/28/2012JACKSON ST76-47W - -29-5354.7%421514-4630.4%2413
12/2/2012WICHITA ST69-72L7.5W -25-5545.5%24928-4858.3%3419
12/8/2012ARK-PINE BLUFF65-49W - -22-5440.7%301219-4542.2%3021
12/22/2012@ UC-RIVERSIDE61-53W-6.5W -23-5343.4%271118-5036.0%3619
1/2/2013@ RICHMOND              
1/12/2013@ UNLV              
1/16/2013@ COLORADO ST              
1/19/2013BOISE ST              

FLORIDA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/11/2012ALABAMA ST84-35W - -28-5947.5%501212-5621.4%3019
11/18/2012*MIDDLE TENN ST66-45W-10.5W -21-4546.7%321016-5032.0%3415
11/20/2012SAVANNAH ST58-40W - -17-4835.4%371316-4634.8%3520
11/23/2012UCF79-66W-15L -29-6842.6%41922-4746.8%2719
12/5/2012@ FLORIDA ST72-47W-6W137U27-5549.1%341516-4634.8%2622
12/15/2012@ ARIZONA64-65L-2L135U24-5246.2%331420-4445.5%2210
12/19/2012SE LOUISIANA82-43W - -28-5749.1%40816-5529.1%3013
12/22/2012*KANSAS ST61-67L-11L128P23-5740.4%27920-4841.7%3610
12/29/2012*AIR FORCE              
1/6/2013@ YALE              
1/12/2013@ LSU              
1/17/2013@ TEXAS A&M              
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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*Air Force-Florida Preview* ===========================


Air Force (8-2) at Florida (8-2), 4:30 p.m. EDT

After carving out a reputation as a program that's been extremely effective on the offensive end under Billy Donovan, Florida is quickly becoming known for its defense.

Air Force is undergoing the opposite transformation.

Two losses in their last three have left room for the 14th-ranked Gators to get even better defensively, but they may have a difficult test in Saturday's Orange Bowl Classic against a Falcons team that's become rather efficient on offense.

The Gators (8-2) have been among the nation's top 40 in scoring in seven of the past nine years, leading the SEC in points per game (76.2) in that span.

They've only been among the nation's top 100 in scoring defense once in the past five seasons, but they're third (51.3 points per game) in that category this season despite letdowns in two of their last three games. Florida let then-No. 8 Arizona shoot 45.5 percent in falling 65-64 in Tucson on Dec. 15, then was outrebounded 36-27 and allowed Kansas State get to the line 29 times in last Saturday's 67-61 defeat in Kansas City, Mo.

"When we needed stops, we didn't get them," guard Kenny Boynton told the school's official website. "Offense affects defense, but we needed to get after them more and play with more intensity."

The Gators outrebounded their first nine opponents by 10.7 per contest, but may have a chance to get back to dominating the boards against Air Force (8-2). The Falcons are 199th in rebounding margin (minus-0.1) after being edged 36-27 but still beat host Cal Riverside 61-53 last Saturday.

Rebounding is one of the few things Air Force hasn't done well during the second-best 10-game start in school history. The Falcons were never higher than 223rd in scoring through December in Jeff Reynolds' five seasons on the sidelines, but they're 42nd (76.9 ppg) in Dave Pilipovich's first full season at the helm.

Mountain West Conference leading scorer Michael Lyons (20.5 ppg) had 14 of his game-high 22 in the second half against the Highlanders.

"Michael Lyons was really good," Pilipovich said." He made some great shots in the second half and sometimes just makes you say wow."

Air Force is shooting 49.2 percent from the field - 15th in the nation - but the Gators rank 13th in that category defensively, allowing opponents to shoot just 35.9 percent.

The Falcons have also cooled a bit during a sparse December schedule. Air Force is shooting 43.2 percent overall in three games this month, including 29.8 percent from beyond the arc.

While Lyons is unquestionably the Falcons' go-to scorer, Florida has four players averaging in double figures. That includes a pair of starting guards in Bonyton and Mike Rosario, but perhaps the Gators' biggest wild card is their big man.

Center Patric Young had 19 points and 10 boards in 26 minutes before fouling out against Kansas State, providing a much-needed interior presence on a team often defined by its success on the perimeter.

Young should be able to control the boards Saturday, but Air Force's chances of improving upon its 2-76 record against ranked opponents may come down to its ability to bother Florida's guards.

The Falcons are tied for seventh nationally in turnover differential (plus-6.1) and guard Todd Fletcher leads the country in assist-to-turnover margin (8.4).

Pestering Boynton, Rosario and Scottie Wilbekin won't be easy, though. The Gators have limited themselves to single-digit turnovers in four of their last six games.

Florida won the only previous meeting with Air Force 74-68 in the 1963 Gator Bowl tournament.

Last Updated: 7/20/2018 5:51:18 AM EST

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