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Last week, a sports betting bill was introduced in Kansas. SB 283 would allow for state-wide mobile betting and won’t require in-person registration, something that is key to maximize revenue potential. In a state with no teams in the four major professional leagues, Kansas bettors will be happy to know that this bill does allow for betting on in-state college teams.
There are four commercial casinos in Kansas and each one would be eligible for two licenses for online sportsbooks. The Kansas Lottery would be the regulatory body. The first hearing for the bill is scheduled for January 29th.
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Mississippi State vs Florida (-4.5) – 7:00 PM
The Mississippi State Bulldogs (12-7) take on the Florida Gators (12-7) tonight in Gainesville. The Bulldogs three-game winning streak came to an end in their last contest when they lost to Oklahoma 63-62. The Gators are currently on a two-game losing streak after falling to #1 Baylor 72-61 on Saturday.
Mississippi State’s seven losses have come against arguably their seven toughest opponents aside from perhaps their victory over Arkansas. Their win against Arkansas was probably their only one against a team that will be a participant in March Madness. The Bulldogs’ numbers have been solid on both sides of the ball. Mississippi State is 137th in points scored per game. They shoot well from the field (74th) and the free-throw line (88th) but struggle from three (200th). On defense, the Bulldogs are 69th in points allowed per game.
Florida has a schedule that is in the Top 25 in terms of difficulty. They are a modest 122nd in points scored per game. Like the Bulldogs, the Gators struggle from three (201st). However, their shooting elsewhere hasn’t been quite as good as Mississippi State as they are 114th in FG% and 120th in FT%. Defensively, the Gators have held their opponents to lower shooting percentages than the Bulldogs have but they have allowed more points (112th).
After losing their last two games against very good teams, the Gators will be looking to rebound against a Mississippi State team that can’t beat good teams. Both teams like a slow-paced game but I like Florida to control most of this game. This is a solid Florida team that is capable of making a Sweet 16 run at the end of the year while Mississippi State probably won’t even be dancing come March. Look for Florida to cover as the formula sees the Gators winning this one 71-63