Florida Gators vs Xavier Musketeers Prediction, 11/24/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Florida Gators vs Xavier Musketeers
Date: Thursday, November 24, 2022
Location: Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, OR
Veterans Memorial Coliseum is the site where the Xavier Musketeers (3-1) will attempt to beat the Florida Gators (3-1) on Thursday.
The Florida Gators took the court against Florida State and earned the victory with a final of 76-67 in their last contest. Florida ended the game with a 40.0% field goal percentage (24 of 60) and converted 3 of their 17 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Gators made 25 of 31 tries for a rate of 80.6%. When talking about hauling in boards, they earned a total of 40 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 11 dimes for this contest while creating 16 turnovers and earning 5 steals. In relation to defending, Florida allowed the other team to shoot 41.0% from the field on 25 of 61 shooting. Florida State dished out 5 dimes and had 6 steals in this game. Additionally, Florida State had 28 rebounds (6 offensive, 22 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. Florida State shot 93.3% at the free throw line by knocking down 14 of 15 shots. They knocked down 3 out of their 16 attempts from beyond the arc. Regarding fouls, the Gators finished with 16 while Florida State racked up 23 fouls.
Colin Castleton is a player who played a role in this game. He ended up with 25 points on 9 of 14 shooting. He saw the court for 32 minutes and also collected 9 rebounds. He went 64.3% from the field and totaled 1 assist.
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Florida heads into this matchup with a record of 3-1 this year. They lose possession via turnover 11.5 times per contest and as a group are committing 15.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Florida is collecting 42.3 boards per game and has totaled 50 assists so far this year, which is 304th in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. The Gators are connecting on 35.7% on 3-pointers (25 of 70) and 76.8% from the free throw line. They are averaging 79.8 pts per contest (79th in D-1) while shooting 44.7% from the field.
When they are on defense, the Gators are able to force 12.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.3 personal fouls. They give up 32.9% from beyond the arc while they are 136th in D-1 in PPG allowed (66.5). The Gators defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 39.7% (100 of 252) and they concede 33.0 rebounds per game as a unit. They are currently ranked 48th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 42 relinquished on the campaign.
The last time they took the court, the Xavier Musketeers took a loss by a final score of 81-79 when they faced Indiana. When talking about rebounds, Xavier permitted Indiana to pull down 36 overall (11 offensive). They finished shooting 33.3% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 4 of 12 and finished the game at 17 out of 26 from the free throw line (65.4%). The Musketeers allowed Indiana to convert 30 out of their 58 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.7% for the game. Overall, the Musketeers ended up shooting 28 out of 64 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.8%. When discussing shooting from downtown, Xavier converted 7 of their 17 tries (41.2%). They were able to make 16 of those for a percentage of 72.7%. Indiana earned 20 personal fouls in this matchup which got the Musketeers to the free throw line for 22 shots. They also coughed it up 12 times, while earning 8 steals in the game. The Musketeers collected 18 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 28 for this contest.
Colby Jones was important for the Musketeers in this game. He scored 13 points in his 36 mins on the hardwood and added 6 dimes in this contest. He converted 4 out of 11 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 36.4%, and totaled 7 rebounds.
Xavier has a mark of 3-1 on the year. In terms of offensive execution, the Musketeers are shooting 52.4% from the field, which is ranked 13th in D-1. Xavier has tallied 339 points for the year (84.8 per contest) and they pull down 36.0 rebounds per contest. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 22.0 times per contest (3rd in the country) and they turn it over 14.5 times per contest. The Musketeers are responsible for committing 18.8 personal fouls per contest and they hit 70.1% from the charity stripe.
The Musketeers on the defensive end are ranked 224th in college basketball in PPG given up with 70.8. They have forced 14.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 41.9% from the field (177th in Division 1). The Xavier defense allows 34.7% on 3-point attempts (25 of 72) and opponents are converting on 71.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They allow 13.5 dimes and 30.0 total boards per game, which has them ranked 258th and 34th in those defensive categories.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Florida
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