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Florida vs Xavier Pick & Preview: Thursday, November 24th Betting Odds
Gators vs Musketeers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Florida Gators at Xavier Musketeers
- Where: Portland at Veterans Memorial Coliseum
- Date: Thursday, November 24th
- Betting Odds: Florida +1.5, FL +103 | XAV -125 O/U 150.5
Heading into today’s matchup vs Xavier, the Florida Gators will be taking the floor for the 5th time this season and have an overall record of 3-1. So far, the Gators have played 1 game on the road, with a record of 1-0. When looking at the betting lines, Florida will be the betting underdog for the first time this season. Coming into the game, they are +1.5 point underdogs on the spread. Last season, the team went 5-6 as the betting underdog.
Leading up to game time, it will be important to keep a close watch on the injury report, as the Gators’ top scorer and rebounder Colin Castleton is listed as questionable on the injury report. For the season, Castleton is averaging 25.25 points and 8.75 boards. If Colin Castleton isn’t able to take the floor, look for Will Richard to be the lead candidate to take on a larger in the offense. So far, Richard has accounted for 17.55% of the team’s scoring at 14.0 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Florida this season, as they are currently ranked 212nd in college basketball at 70.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Gators’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.7%, placing them 437th in the NCAA.
Heading into today’s matchup vs Florida, the Xavier Musketeers will be taking the floor for the 5th time this season and have an overall record of 3-1. This will be the team’s 5th straight game at home this year. The Musketeers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1.5 points in their favor. For the season, Xavier has been favored to win in 3 games, sitting with a mark of 3-0.
Xavier’s leading scorer this season is Jack Nunge who is averaging 17.0 points per contest. So far, Nunge has accounted for 20.06% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 6.75 rebounds per game and 1.5 assists. Zach Freemantle is the second leading scorer for the Musketeers, averaging 15.5 points per game. Between him and Freemantle, they are accounting for 38.3% of the team’s scoring.
On offense, Xavier is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.9 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 4 games, they have only hit 32.5% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 35.68% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Free Spread Prediction: Florida Gators +1.5
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the Xavier Musketeers are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -1.5. However, we anticipate Florida putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Musketeers as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Gators to cover.
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