The Charleston Classic showdown between the No. 18 Xavier Musketeers (6-0) and the Florida Gators (4-2) will be played at TD Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 24, 2019, and it can be seen on ESPN.
Florida Gators vs. Xavier Musketeers Betting Preview
In the Gators’ last outing, they dismantled the Miami (FL) Hurricanes, 78-58. Kerry Blackshear Jr. was the game’s leading scorer with 20 points on 6-for-12 shooting. Florida played a perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.143 (below their season average of 0.246) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 30.0 (below their season average of 31.6). For those same stats, Miami (FL) put up marks of 0.091 and 20.0, respectively.
The Musketeers will look to keep it rolling after barely hanging on to beat the UConn Huskies in their last contest, 75-74. Xavier was led by Tyrique Jones, who contributed 17 points and 11 rebounds. The Musketeers held the Huskies to an effective field goal percentage of 0.350 (below their season average of 0.471) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 35.6 (above their season average of 29.6).
This has potential to be an error-filled game for the Xavier offense. Dating back to the 2018-19 season, Xavier ranks 253rd in the country in ball protection (turnover percentage of 19.7 percent), while the gambling defense of Florida has forced the 33rd-most turnovers in the nation (22.0 percent).
Florida Gators vs. Xavier Musketeers Free Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Xavier, ATS Winner – Xavier, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Gators rank 102nd in steals per game (6.8) while the Musketeers rank 194th in steals allowed per game (6.7).
Florida averages 3.7 blocks per game, which is ranked 106th in the NCAA. Xavier ranks 117th in blocks allowed per game (3.1).
Florida ranks 75th in three pointers allowed per game (20.6) while Xavier ranks 259th (24.3).
The Musketeers rank 81st in rebounds per game (37.4) while the Gators rank 250th (34.0).
Florida ranks 29th in assists allowed per game (10.8) while Xavier ranks 198th (13.5).