Florida Gators vs West Virginia Mountaineers Prediction, 1/30/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Florida Gators vs West Virginia Mountaineers
Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021
Location: WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, WV
Odds/Point Spread: Florida (+4.5)
The Florida Gators (9-4) travel to WVU Coliseum on Saturday where they'll take on the West Virginia Mountaineers (11-4). The spread on this game has West Virginia as 4.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 148.
Florida comes into this matchup with a record of 9-4 so far this season. They are losing possession via turnover 14.2 times per contest and as a group they are committing 19.8 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Florida is pulling down 35.8 boards per game and is sitting with 166 assists on the campaign, which ranks 210th in college hoops in terms of passing. The Gators are shooting 37.8% on shots beyond the perimeter (94 of 249) and 73.5% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 77.8 points per game (64th in D-1) while shooting 47.9% from the field. On defense, the Gators have forced 15.5 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.5 fouls. They are conceding 34.6% on shots from downtown and they are 184th in the country in PPG allowed (70.3). The Gators defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 42.4% (317 of 747) and they concede 34.0 boards per game as a squad. They currently rank 155th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 166 conceded this year.
The Florida Gators played the Vanderbilt Commodores and walked away with a win by a score of 78-71 in their last contest. Florida finished the game having earned a 51.9% field goal percentage (28 out of 54) and made 10 out of their 23 shots from distance. At the charity stripe, the Gators buried 12 of their 16 attempts for a percentage of 75.0%. When it comes to rebounding, they compiled a total of 27 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 16 assists in the game while having 7 steals and 5 blocks. In terms of defense, Florida let their opponent shoot 51.9% from the floor on 28 out of 54 shooting. Vanderbilt totaled 11 dimes and had 7 steals for this game. In addition, the Commodores collected 31 boards (13 offensive, 18 defensive) and had 5 blocks. Vanderbilt finished 72.2% at the free throw line by burying 13 of their 18 tries. They knocked down 8 of their 22 attempts from three-point range.
Tre Mann is one player who came through for the contest. He racked up 15 points on 4 out of 10 shooting. He was on the court for 23 mins and also totaled 4 boards. Mann went 40.0% from the field and also totaled 2 dimes. One more player that was a major factor in the game for the Gators was Colin Castleton. He grabbed 5 rebounds and had 2 assists. He finished the game shooting 75.0% from the field for the matchup by going 6-of-8 (13 points). Overall, Castleton played 21 minutes.
West Virginia has a win-loss mark of 11-4 so far this year. On the offensive side of the court, the Mountaineers are connecting on 42.6% from the field, which ranks them 261st in the country. West Virginia has tallied 1,131 points this year (75.4 per contest) and they pull down 39.4 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 13.8 times per contest (145th in college basketball) and they turn it over 11.9 times per game. The Mountaineers commit 16.3 personal fouls per game and they connect on 69.8% from the charity stripe. The Mountaineers on defense are ranked 155th in college hoops in points allowed per contest with 69.3. They have forced 14.3 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 42.6% from the field (157th in college basketball). The West Virginia defense concedes 29.5% on shots from behind the 3-point line (102 of 346) and their opponents are converting on 68.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They relinquish 13.2 assists and 35.9 boards every game, which ranks them 198th and 220th in those defensive categories.
For their last game, the West Virginia Mountaineers took home the win by a final score of 88-87 when they faced the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Mountaineers were able to snag 29 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 34 in this matchup. They rejected 4 tries while recording 2 steals for the game. The Red Raiders were called for 20 personal fouls for the game which got the Mountaineers to the free throw line for 27 attempts. They were able to convert 16 of those for a percentage of 59.3%. In the matter of shooting from distance, West Virginia buried 12 of their 19 tries (63.2%). When the final whistle blew, the Mountaineers finished 30 for 52 from the field which gave them a percentage of 57.7%. The Mountaineers allowed the Red Raiders to make 34 of their 73 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 46.6% in this game. They finished 40.9% from beyond the perimeter via 9 of 22 and ended up going 10 out of 12 from the charity stripe (83.3%). When discussing team rebounding, West Virginia allowed Texas Tech to collect 31 in all (10 on the offensive side).
Miles McBride pitched in for the Mountaineers for the matchup. He made 7 out of 12 in this contest for a rate of 58.3%, which gave him 24 points. McBride had 7 boards in his 33 minutes played and earned 6 assists in this game. One more player who was a determining factor for West Virginia was Jalen Bridges. He ended up with 13 points in 19 minutes on the court by way of 5 of 8 from the floor in the matchup. Bridges ended the game having shot 62.5% from the floor while totaling 2 assists and 5 boards.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Florida (+4.5) and under 148 points
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