The Florida Gators (6-3) and the Providence Friars (6-5) clash at Barclays Center. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
Providence Friars vs. Florida Gators Betting Preview
In the Friars’ last contest, they defeated the Stony Brook Seawolves, 82-78. With 17 points and 12 rebounds, Alpha Diallo had a good performance for Providence. Providence dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.367 (above their season average of 0.210) and a turnover percentage of 16.1 (better than their season average of 16.7). For those same stats, Stony Brook recorded marks of 0.210 and 22.4, respectively.
The Gators are hoping for a better outcome after their 76-62 loss to the No. 24 Butler Bulldogs in their last outing. Kerry Blackshear Jr. was the top scorer from either team with 17 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Butler had an effective field goal percentage of 0.615 (above their season average of 0.556). Florida, on the other hand, held the Bulldogs to an offensive rebounding percentage of 8.7 (below their season average of 30.6).
Florida might have difficulty putting up points as they go head-to-head against one of the NCAA’s best defenses. Providence ranks 61st in defensive efficiency, while the Gators rank 200th in offensive efficiency since last season.
Providence Friars vs. Florida Gators ATS Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Florida, ATS Winner – Florida, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Gators average 3.7 blocks per game, which ranks 66th in the nation. The Friars rank 134th in blocks allowed per game (3.3).
Providence ranks sixth in assists per game (15.3) while Florida ranks 222nd (11.8).
The Friars rank seventh in steals per game (8.1) while the Gators rank 164th (6.8).
Providence ranks 48th in rebounds per game (37.0) while Florida ranks 137th (33.8).