Wichita State is in the midst of a horrible run, but with the Owls’ defense looking leaky recently, our college basketball picks expect the Shockers to keep things tight this afternoon.
Their six-game win streak now up in smoke, the Florida Atlantic Owls seek a quick bounce back when they visit the Wichita State Shockers Sunday afternoon at Charles Koch Arena.
While FAU is battling for top spot in the American Athletic Conference, the Shockers are on the opposite end, with just two wins in the AAC.
Still, Wichita State is a distant 7.5-point home dog in the college basketball odds.
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Florida Atlantic vs Wichita State picks and predictions
Trying to chase down the conference-leading South Florida Bulls, the Florida Atlantic Owls fell off the pace with a 76-73 OT loss to the UAB Blazers.
While they did close a seven-point deficit down the stretch of the second half to force OT, the Owls’ downfall was missing their first six shots of the extra frame, enough for the Blazers to pull away and not look back.
There shouldn’t be much resistance when they line up against the Wichita State Shockers, who are 225th in scoring defense, allowing 73 points per game.
A team that had lost 10 of its last 11, Wichita State took out some of that frustration on USTA, pounding the Roadrunners 84-64. That helped the Shockers shake the stink off of a crushing 65-63 loss the previous game to Memphis, as they surrendered the winning bucket in the final seconds.
In both of the last contests, Wichita State has been successful protecting the rock, posting less than 10 turnovers in back-to-back games.
This will be the second and final regular-season meeting between these teams, with Florida Atlantic coming out on top 86-77 on January 18.
While the Shockers shot an impressive 56.4% from the field — including a sparkling 8-for-18 performance from 3-point range — the Owls did enough of the other things to offset that deficit. FAU doubled up the Owls on the offensive glass while also recording 10 steals and forcing 14 Shocker turnovers overall.
However, Wichita State is a solid 8-3 at home this year. Throw in the fact the Owls are just 2-8-0 against the spread in their last 10, I like the Shockers hanging with a conference heavy at home.
My best bet: Wichita State +7.5 (-110 at DraftKings)
Florida Atlantic vs Wichita State same-game parlay
Wichita State +7.5
Florida Atlantic Over 71.5
Florida Atlantic’s defense isn’t exactly a brick wall, as it allows close to 72 points per game, which ranks 181st in college hoops.
Save for a two-game run vs North Texas and Rice, the Owls have allowed six other teams to top 71.5 points over the last eight games. That’s the number the books have given for Wichita State’s team total Sunday.
I’m sure Florida Atlantic takes care of business against the Shockers but look for a sneaky Shockers cover as the game gets out of reach.
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Florida Atlantic vs Wichita State spread and Over/Under analysis
The highest this spread has touched is 8.5 points, but almost all the books are carrying FAU as 7.5-point favorites against the spread.
Both teams have been a tough spread bet so far this season. Florida Atlantic sits at 11-12-0 ATS on the season. Wichita State is just 8-12-2 ATS this season, though it’s covered in three of its last four starts.
The total has topped out at 150.5 points, and this line has bumped a couple of times since opening at 148.5.
Both teams are breaking even here: FAU’s Over/Under record is 11-11-1, with the Shockers seeing the total split evenly on the year, going 11-11-0.
Florida Atlantic vs Wichita State betting trend to know
Each of Wichita State’s last six games have produced combined scores of 149 or less. Find more college basketball betting trends for Florida Atlantic vs. Wichita State.
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Florida Atlantic vs Wichita State game info
|Charles Koch Arena, Wichita, KS
|Sunday, February 11, 2024
|12:00 p.m. ET
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No. 13 Alabama Outlasts No. 24 Florida in Overtime Thriller, 98-93 – University of Alabama Athletics
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 13/13 Alabama men’s basketball team came back from a double-digit second half deficit and defeated No. 24/RV Florida in overtime, 98-93, Wednesday night inside Coleman Coliseum. The contest featured eight ties and 16 lead changes in the back-and-forth thriller.
Alabama (19-7, 11-3 SEC) trailed for a majority of the game and went down by as many as 10 points, 72-62, at the 8:40 mark of the second half. However, back-to-back threes from Sam Walters sparked a 15-4 Crimson Tide run to regain the lead 77-76 with 4:25 remaining. After Mark Sears drained a pair of free throws to tie the game and send it to overtime in the final seconds, Aaron Estrada scored six of the Tide’s 13 points in the extra period to lift UA to the team’s 16th consecutive home conference win.
Grant Nelson led the way for the Crimson Tide with 22 points, eight rebounds and a career-high six blocked shots. He was joined in double figures by Estrada (20), Sears (17), Walters (14), Nick Pringle (13) and Rylan Griffen (10).
Florida (18-8, 8-5) was led by Walter Clayton Jr., who finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Head Coach Nate Oats Postgame Comments
“Wow that was a wild game, but we figured out a way to win it. I told our guys, sometimes when you play bad you have to figure out ways to win games and I thought we figured it out. A couple of plays come to mind; Sam (Walters) hit some big threes and it wasn’t just the threes he hit though, he got a tip in a big possession late in the game that kept the ball alive for Aaron (Estrada) to go on and get the put back. Aaron almost had a triple-double and I thought that this was probably Grant’s (Nelson) best game. The three in the corner was huge, but the six blocks were bigger.
If you’re going to win a championship, these are the games that you have to figure out ways to win, even when you don’t play well. After going down 10, we got together in the huddle, like we did at Georgia. We said we’re going to figure out a way to win this game and make some big plays. I thought this was maybe (Mark) Sears’ best game defensively and it showed with that big steal that he had late in the game. We continued to figure out ways to win this game when we didn’t play well.
But for us to outscore them 56-40 in the paint was huge for this game. So, give our guys a lot of credit for figuring out a way to win a game. They (Florida) came in with a great game plan and played well, especially with their guards. Give our guys a ton of credit and Florida a lot of credit. We are going to have to play much better at their place. But we’ve got two days to lock in on a scouting report and do a much better job on Saturday than we did tonight.”
- The Crimson Tide has won four consecutive matchups against Florida dating back to 2021
- It is the eighth consecutive SEC game that Alabama has scored at least 80 points, the longest since Kentucky in 2016-17
- Tonight’s victory over UF marks gives UA a league-best 60 SEC wins since the 2019-20 season
- Alabama has won 16 straight SEC home games, the longest winning streak since 1988
- It was the first overtime game for UA since March 1, 2023, when Alabama defeated Auburn 90-85 to clinch the 2023 SEC regular season title
- Alabama improves to 4-2 in overtime games under Nate Oats
- Alabama boasted six players reaching double figures for the first time since last December’s win over Liberty
- Alabama dished out 19 assists against the Gators
- The Tide outscored Florida inside the paint, 56-40
- Alabama’s depth proved to be a big difference, outscoring Florida’s reserves, 29-13
- UA outrebounded UF 54-44
- Jarin Stevenson made his first career start in the win
- Walters hit a season’s best four three-pointers, besting his previous high three against Arizona
- Nelson led the Tide in scoring for the fifth time this season
- Sears had his streak of scoring 20 or more points snapped at eight straight games
- The opening stanza saw two ties and 11 lead changes prior to the first media timeout, with UF holding the slight 20-18 advantage
- A 7-0 run helped propel Florida to a 41-37 halftime lead
- Alabama led 28-18 in points in the paint
- The Tide held a 30-22 edge in total rebounds in the first stanza
- Alabama swatted five shots in the first half
- Grant Nelson led UA in scoring with nine points in the first half, the senior also swatted four shots
- Alabama grabbed its first lead of the second half with 17:56 remaining in the game, the Tide’s first lead since the 11:47 mark of the first half
- Sam Walters buried the Tide’s first three of the second half at the 11:00 mark
- Walters hit another three on the following possession to cut the Gator lead to five
- Alabama used a 10-0 run over 1:48 to take a 77-76 lead with 4:24 left in the game
- A pair of free throws from Sears deadlocked the game at 85, and sent the game to overtime
- Alabama outscored Florida 13-8 in the overtime period
- Aaron Estrada led UA in the overtime period with six points, including a put-back layup that made it a two possession game
- The Tide dished out 12 assists in the second half and overtime on 17 made field goals
- After a slow start from beyond the arc in the opening half, UA shot 62 percent (5-8) from three
- Alabama will return action on Saturday afternoon when it travels to Lexington, Ky. to square off against the No. 17/17 Kentucky Wildcats in Rupp Arena
- The game is slated for a 3 p.m. CT tipoff and will air live on CBS
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Legislature votes to allow people to kill Florida black bears in self-defense anywhere in the state – Florida Phoenix
The GOP-controlled Legislature has approved a controversial measure to allow people to kill black bears in self-defense anywhere in the state. Most Democrats opposed the measure, and the legislation now goes to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who will need to decide whether to make it easier to kill bears in Florida.
The measure, called the “Self-Defense Act” (SB 632), says that an individual would not be subject to any criminal or civil penalty for shooting and killing a bear if the person believed that they were in an “imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury to himself or to others.”
It would also be legal as long as the person did not lure the bear with food or “attractants for an illegal purpose,” such as training dogs to hunt bears. And it requires that the person who killed the bear that they must notify the Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) within 24 hours after the shooting, and may not possess, sell or dispose of the bear or its parts.
On the Senate floor on Wednesday, Democrats opposed the measure, with some saying that it would be more appropriate to emphasize education and mandate that people secure their garbage.
Animal rights advocates have argued strongly against the bill.
Kate MacFall, the Florida state director of the Humane Society of the United States, wrote recently in an op-ed published by the Tampa Bay Times, saying that “bears are critical to Florida’s ecosystem — they spread even more seed than birds.” She added in the op-ed: “They’re also extremely family-oriented, as mother bears will spend up to two years taking care of their cubs. Because bears have small litters and are extremely slow to reproduce, letting individuals to kill them for any perceived ‘threat’ would allow unacceptable losses to their population.”
MacFall now wants to call on members of the public to tell DeSantis to veto the bill.
The Senate bill passed 24-12, with Republican Ileana Garcia joining 11 Democrats in opposing the measure. In the House version passed last week, the bill passed mostly along party lines, with three Republicans voting against the measure and four Democrats supporting it.
Senators spoke about their views on bear killings.
“If you choose to live in an area where you know that there are bears, then you have to behave in a certain area, so as to not attract your bears,” said Broward County Democratic Sen. Tina Polsky. “And we know this is a gun happy culture and giving them the permission to shoot is what this bill is doing instead of taking every single precaution that we could possibly take.”
But Miami-Dade County Republican Ana Maria Rodriguez said that while bears may be prevalent in more rural areas of the state, she actually had a bear wandering along the same street where her children play every day in her South Florida district last year.
“To me this bill is about safety and protecting our families on our property,” she said. “I don’t live in North Florida. I live in the southernmost district. I live in Homestead, but I actually had a bear on my block, which is pretty rare. But I do think that it’s important for each and every Floridian in each and every district not just North Florida have the ability to protect their families.”
Broward County Democratic Sen. Lori Berman worried about “open shooting on our streets in any area.”
“You’re jeopardizing people. You’re jeopardizing children,” she said, adding that if people felt threatened by a bear, they should call local law enforcement to handle the situation.
But North Florida Republican Corey Simon, the sponsor of the Senate measure, said that many of his constituents live in rural areas where law enforcement may not be able to respond so quickly.
“In those fiscally constrained counties, when you only have two or three deputies on call at a time, showing up at your house could be two hours, or a bear issue could be the next day,” he said. “It just depends on how many folks and how close they may be to the residents. And what we don’t want to do is hamstring our people in thinking that they can’t protect themselves.”
Black bears (the only bear that lives in Florida) were labeled an endangered species by the Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) back in the 1970s, but after decades of statewide protections and management, FWC determined in 2012 that they were no longer facing a high risk of extinction and were removed from the state threatened list, according to a staff analysis.
FWC estimated the statewide bear population to be approximately 4,050 bears, according to a 2017 report – the last time they provided an estimate.
According to a Senate bill analysis, as the populations of both humans and bears have expanded in the state, there has been an increase in human-bear conflicts, particularly in residential areas, where bears often search for food. Between 2009 and 2018, FWC euthanized an average of 38 bears annually due to public safety risks. The FWC found that a majority of the mortalities were associated with bears seeking out unsecured garbage or other human-provided food sources. In 2022, FWC received 5,907 calls relating to bears, with 36 percent considered “core complaints.”
Florida vs. Alabama odds, score prediction: 2024 college basketball picks, Feb. 21 best bets by proven model
We’ve got another exciting SEC matchup on the schedule as the Florida Gators and the Alabama Crimson Tide are set to tip at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Coleman Coliseum. Both teams are 18-7; Alabama is 12-1 at home, while Florida is 3-4 on the road. These two teams have split their last 10 head-to-head meetings, but the Crimson Tide have won three straight in this series.
This time around, Alabama is favored by 8.5 points in the latest Alabama vs. Florida odds, and the over/under is 174 points. Before entering any Florida vs. Alabama picks, you’ll want to see the NCAA Basketball predictions from the advanced computer model at SportsLine.
The model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. It enters Week 16 of the 2023-24 season on a 136-89 roll on all top-rated college basketball picks dating back to last season, returning nearly $2,500 for $100 players. It is also off to a sizzling 25-13 start on top-rated spread picks this season. Anyone following has seen huge returns.
The model has set its sights on Florida vs. Alabama. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college basketball betting lines for the game:
- Alabama vs. Florida spread: Alabama -8.5
- Alabama vs. Florida over/under: 174 points
- Alabama vs. Florida money line: Alabama: -402, Florida: +310
- Alabama vs. Florida picks: See picks here
What you need to know about Florida
Florida waltzed into its matchup on Saturday with two straight wins but the Gators left with three. The Gators walked away with an 88-82 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs. Multiple players turned in solid performances to lead Florida to victory, but perhaps none more so than Zyon Pullin, who scored 16 points along with seven rebounds and five assists.
Thomas Haugh was another key contributor, scoring 17 points along with seven rebounds. Haugh knocked down 66.7% of his field goals and 75% of his 3-pointers against Georgia. The Gators have now won seven of their last eight games and they’re 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games against an opponent from the SEC.
What you need to know about Alabama
Meanwhile, Alabama stacked an 11th blowout win onto its resume on Saturday. Everything went Alabama’s way against the Texas A&M Aggies as the Crimson Tide made off with a 100-75 win.
Alabama got its win on the backs of several key players, but it was Mark Sears out in front who scored 23 points along with three steals. Sears is on a roll when it comes to points, as he’s now scored 21 or more in eight consecutive games. Another player making a difference was Latrell Wrightsell Jr., who scored 16 points to go along with three steals.
How to make Alabama vs. Florida picks
The model has simulated Florida vs. Alabama 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning Under, and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that hits in well over 60% of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Florida vs. Alabama, and which side of the spread hits well over 60% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that is on a 136-89 roll on its top-ranked college basketball picks, and find out.
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