Florida Gators vs Boston College Eagles Prediction, 12/3/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Florida Gators vs Boston College Eagles
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Location: Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
Odds/Point Spread: Florida (-7.5)
The Florida Gators (0-0) go to Mohegan Sun Arena on Thursday where they'll take on the Boston College Eagles (1-2). The line on this game has Florida as 7.5-point favorites. The total opens at 141.5.
Florida heads into this contest after finishing with a mark of 19-12 last year. They gave up possession 11.9 times per contest and as a squad committed 17.0 personal fouls per contest. As a group, Florida snagged 34.8 boards per contest and totaled 368 assists throughout last season, which had them ranked 5th in college basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Gators connected on 34.7% on shots from 3-point land (221 of 636) and 72.3% from the charity stripe. They averaged 71.9 pts per game (160th in the nation) while hitting 45.7% from the floor. Defensively, the Gators were able to force their opponents into 12.9 turnovers every game while drawing 18.0 fouls. They surrendered 32.6% on shots from distance while they were 104th in college hoops in points per game from their opponents (66.0). The Gators defensively gave up and opponent field goal percentage of 42.1% (716 of 1,699) and they relinquished 31.7 boards per game as a squad. They were ranked 273rd in the nation in allowing assists to their opponents with 346 surrendered last year.
The Florida Gators took the court against the Kentucky Wildcats and went home with a loss by a final score of 71-70 in their last contest. Florida ended the contest with a 52.1% field goal percentage (25 of 48) and knocked down 7 of their 14 three-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Gators knocked down 13 of their 17 shots for a percentage of 76.5%. In the matter of grabbing rebounds, they compiled 20 with 5 of them being offensive. They also distributed 13 dimes in the matchup while getting 3 steals and 4 rejections. In reference to defense, Florida allowed the other team to go 52.1% from the field on 25 of 48. Kentucky recorded 9 dimes and 4 steals for this game. Furthurmore, the Wildcats grabbed 27 boards (13 offensive, 14 defensive) and had 4 blocked shots. Kentucky finished shooting 81.8% when shooting free throws by converting 9 of 11 attempts. They also converted 8 of 13 tries from distance.
Andrew Nembhard is a guy who was a contributor in this game. He ended up walking away with 7 points on 3 of 7 shooting. He played 38 minutes and also pulled down 5 boards. Nembhard went 42.9% from the floor and distributed 8 assists. Someone else that saw a lot of minutes in this matchup for the Gators was Scottie Lewis. He grabbed 2 rebounds and also had 2 dimes. He ended up shooting 62.5% from the field in this matchup by shooting 5-of-8 (19 points). When the final whistle blew, Lewis played 36 min.
Boston College has a mark of 1-2 so far this season. The Eagles commit 20.0 fouls every game and they shoot 63.4% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 10.3 times per game (225th in college basketball) and they turn it over 14.7 times per contest. Boston College has tallied 229 pts so far this season (76.3 per game) and they average 32.0 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Eagles are shooting 47.9% from the field, which is 159th in Division 1. The Eagles are ranked 218th in D-1 in points allowed per contest with 79.0. The Boston College defense surrenders 29.1% on 3-point attempts (16 of 55) and their opposition makes 66.1% of their foul shots. They relinquish 13.7 assists and 34.3 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 176th and 109th in those defensive categories. They are able to force 12.7 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 49.7% from the field (248th in the nation).
When they last stepped on the court, the Boston College Eagles walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 97-93 when they faced the St. John's Red Storm. The Eagles earned 24 defensive boards and 3 offensive rebounds totaling 27 in this matchup. They also turned away 4 shots while recording 8 steals for the matchup. The Red Storm had 25 fouls for this contest which took the Eagles to the charity stripe for 26 attempts. They were able to convert 18 of the free throws for a percentage of 69.2%. Pertaining to three-point shots, Boston College knocked down 11 of 28 tries (39.3%). When all was said and done, the Eagles finished the game shooting 32 out of 60 from the field which gave them a percentage of 53.3%. The Eagles allowed the Red Storm to make 36 out of their 68 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 52.9% for the matchup. They finished the game shooting 35.7% from distance by going 5 out of 14 and finished the game at 20 of 26 at the charity stripe (76.9%). With respect to cleaning up the glass, Boston College allowed St. John's to collect 35 overall (9 on the offensive side).
Jay Heath was pivotal for the Eagles for the matchup. He knocked down 5 of 12 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 41.7%, which earned him 13 points. Heath snagged 2 rebounds in his 30 minutes played and had 2 assists in the game. Someone else that ended up coming through for Boston College was Steffon Mitchell. He notched 5 points in 30 minutes on the court via 2 out of 4 shooting in the game. Mitchell finished going 50.0% from the floor and also totaling 3 assists and 8 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Florida (-7.5)
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