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Recap: Mississippi 64, Florida 78
Line Movements
Date: February 02, 2013 7:00 PM EDT
  

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida finally faced a little competition in the Southeastern Conference.

Just a little, though.

Erik Murphy scored 19 points and was instrumental on the defensive end, helping the No. 4 Gators beat 16th-ranked and short-handed Mississippi 78-64 Saturday night.

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Murphy made 7 of 8 shots, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range, and added six rebounds and four assists. Defensively, he took a charge, had a steal, blocked two shots and altered several more.

It was easily his most complete game in four seasons.

``It's something I'm always trying to get better at,' Murphy said of his defense. ``It's something that I'm working on all the time with the coaching staff. With my lack of athleticism and foot speed, I've got to be smarter than most people defensively. I've got to use my basketball IQ and just try to play smarter.'

Pat Young added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Gators (18-2, 8-0 SEC), who won their 10th consecutive game. Mike Rosario (14 points) and Scottie Wilbekin (13) also reached double figures.

Kenny Boynton had nine points and 10 assists, just shy of his first double-double. Boynton and Wilbekin combined for 17 assists and four turnovers, one of the biggest differences in the game.

Their defense was right up there, too.

``This is my seventh Florida team to play. One of those was the national championship team that had NBA lottery picks on it,' Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. ``I don't even remember a Florida team guarding with that intensity. I was really impressed with the way they defended.'

Marshall Henderson, the Southeastern Conference's leading scorer, led the Rebels (17-4, 6-2) with 25 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Henderson was 7 of 11 from behind the arc, hitting several shots with defenders in his face.

``I think they will contend for the national championship,' Henderson said of the Gators. ``We have seen how they have been blowing people out. They executed perfectly. ... I see them being No. 1 the country by the end of the season.'

The Gators won their first seven conference games by an average of 28.3 points, and this one looked as though it would be another rout - but Ole Miss kept rallying from 20-point deficits.

Marshall had a lot to do with it.

Even though Wilbekin and Boynton guarded him tight most of the night, he found ways to get off shots. Florida led 35-15 with about 6 minutes to go in the first half, but Henderson drained consecutive 3s that capped a 10-0 run for the Rebels.

``He got nothing easy,' Florida coach Billy Donovan said. ``He's shooting double-pumpers in. He can have all those he wants. Scottie did a great job on him. Give him credit because he made some really, really hard shots.'

With the Gators up 60-39 in the second half, Murphy Holloway drove the lane to start a 13-3 run. Henderson also scored in the spurt.

Still, there was little the Rebels could do to slow down Florida, which shot 51.6 percent from the field, including 11 of 29 from 3-point range. The Gators also had 23 assists on 32 baskets.

Making matters worse for the Rebels was playing without reserves Nick Williams (foot) and Aaron Jones (knee). Both were injured in an 87-74 loss to Kentucky on Tuesday.

``We had to go with some new guys and get as many minutes as we could out of them,' Kennedy said.

The Rebels came in looking for their first win over a top-five team since knocking off the fifth-ranked Gators in the 2001 SEC tournament.

Instead, they lost consecutive games for the first time this season.

Holloway finished with 15 points and seven rebounds for the Rebels, who had no other players reach double figures.

Off to its best SEC start since opening 11-0 in 2007, Florida has its highest ranking in nearly six years and likely will move up in the AP poll next week.

Defense has been the key to the team's success, though it's also coming against a watered-down league.

This, though, was the toughest test.

Ole Miss came in as the league's top-scoring team, averaging 80 points. The Rebels had 39 with 11:51 remaining in the game. The shot 38.2 percent, were 7 of 17 from behind the arc and finished with five assists and 13 turnovers.

``This was our toughest game by far,' Wilbekin said. ``They didn't make it easy on us. We had to come out and play our best basketball. They had a lot of different weapons and we just had to try and shut them down.'

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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 MISS  0   +17.5   134.5 
 FLA  -7000   -17.5   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 MISS     +17.5   135 
 FLA     -17.5   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 MISS  n/a   53%   67% 
 FLA  n/a   47%   33% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NCAA BK RECAPS
 Saturday, Feb 2
 
    Cincinnati at Seton Hall
11:00 AM EDT
    Clemson at Boston College
12:00 PM EDT
    Virginia Tech at North Carolina
12:00 PM EDT
    Purdue at Northwestern
12:00 PM EDT
    Hofstra at William Mary
12:00 PM EDT
    Syracuse at Pittsburgh
12:00 PM EDT
    Austin Peay at Murray State
1:00 PM EDT
    Auburn at Missouri
1:45 PM EDT
    Georgia at South Carolina
1:45 PM EDT
    West Virginia at Texas Tech
1:45 PM EDT
    Dayton at Saint Louis
2:00 PM EDT
    UNC Wilmington at Delaware
2:00 PM EDT
    Notre Dame at DePaul
2:00 PM EDT
    Duke at Florida State
2:00 PM EDT
    Old Dominion at Georgia State
2:00 PM EDT
    Wisconsin-Green Bay at Loyola-Chicago
2:00 PM EDT
    Wake Forest at Maryland
2:00 PM EDT
    Tulsa at Memphis
2:00 PM EDT
    Colorado at Utah
2:30 PM EDT
    Bradley at Creighton
3:00 PM EDT
    Houston at Southern Methodist
3:00 PM EDT
    Evansville at Missouri St
3:00 PM EDT
    San Diego State at Air Force
3:00 PM EDT
    Idaho State at North Dakota
3:00 PM EDT
    Tennessee at Arkansas
4:00 PM EDT
    Rhode Island at Butler
4:00 PM EDT
    St Johns at Georgetown
4:00 PM EDT
    Southern Illinois at Illinois State
4:00 PM EDT
    George Mason at James Madison
4:00 PM EDT
    Oklahoma State at Kansas
4:00 PM EDT
    Miami (FL) at North Carolina State
4:00 PM EDT
    Alabama at Vanderbilt
4:00 PM EDT
    Oregon at California
4:30 PM EDT
    Louisiana State at Mississippi St
5:30 PM EDT
    Temple at St Josephs
6:00 PM EDT
    Drexel at Northeastern
6:00 PM EDT
    Kentucky at Texas AM
6:00 PM EDT
    Kansas State at Oklahoma
6:00 PM EDT
    Yale at Dartmouth
7:00 PM EDT
    Mississippi at Florida
7:00 PM EDT
    Brown at Harvard
7:00 PM EDT
    Cal Poly SLO at Long Beach State
7:00 PM EDT
    Ohio State at Nebraska
7:00 PM EDT
    Indiana State at Drake
7:30 PM EDT
    Cleveland State at Illinois Chicago
8:00 PM EDT
    Baylor at Iowa State
8:00 PM EDT
    Texas Christian at Texas
8:00 PM EDT
    Southern Miss at UAB
8:00 PM EDT
    Montana at Eastern Washington
9:00 PM EDT
    Michigan at Indiana
9:00 PM EDT
    Weber State at Northern Colo
9:00 PM EDT
    Northern Arizona at Southern Utah
9:00 PM EDT
    Tulane at Texas El Paso
9:00 PM EDT
    Santa Barbara at UC Irvine
10:00 PM EDT
    Northridge at Cal Riverside
10:00 PM EDT
    Utah State at Seattle University
10:00 PM EDT
    UC Davis at Pacific
10:30 PM EDT
    Montana State at Portland State
10:30 PM EDT
    Gonzaga at San Diego
11:00 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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