Florida Gators vs Butler Bulldogs 12/07/2019 Picks, Predictions and Preview
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Florida Gators vs Butler Bulldogs 12/07/2019 – The Florida Gators will look to provide the Butler Bulldogs their first loss in nine games when they lock horns on Saturday afternoon at the Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs are on a tear, winning their first eight games to rank 24th in The Associated Press Top 25 NCAA Men’s College Basketball Rankings for Week 5. The Gators, on the other hand, are looking to stretch their winning run to five after starting the 2019-20 season at 2-2. Top online sportsbook slightly favors the Bulldogs in the showdown against the Gators as they expect Butler to extend their streak to nine games.
Florida Gators vs Butler Bulldogs 12/07/2019
Florida (6-2, 0-0 Southeastern) has strung up four straight victories since beginning the season with a 2-2 win-loss mark. Three of these four matches were decided by at least five points, showing the ability of the Mike White-mentored squad to emerge triumphant in close matches. In their previous game against Marshall, the Florida Gators used a strong second-half attack to come back from eight points down and win, 73-67.
The victory also marks the first time Florida took home the victory while trailing at the break. Ques Glover came off the bench to lead Florida’s offense, scoring 14 points while Keyontae Johnson added 13 for the Gators, who lorded over the battle of the boards, hauling down 43 rebounds compared to Marshall’s 31. Florida could have been behind by more than 10 points in the first half if not for Glover’s hot shooting. The 5-foot-11 freshman scored 10 of his points during that span.
Players to watch:
K. Johnson F (8 GP 29.3 MIN 13 PTS 6.4 REB 1 AST 0.8 STL 0.3 BLK 2.1 TO 56.2 FG% 71.4 FT% 43.8 3P%), K. Blackshear Jr. F (8 GP 27.4 MIN 12.9 PTS 8.9 REB 2 AST 0.9 STL 0.8 BLK 1.6 TO 50 FG% 79.1 FT% 29.4 3P%), A. Nembhard G (8 GP 34 MIN 10 PTS 3.4 REB 5.3 AST 1.1 STL 0 BLK 2.8 TO 35.4 FG% 86.7 FT% 33.3 3P%).
Butler (8-0, 0-0 Big East) is one of the two teams in the Big East that have not lost a single game this season (DePaul is the other team with a 9-0 record). Under the tutelage of LaVall Jordan, the 2019-20 Bulldogs have been punishing opponents with their suffocating brand of defense that rank eighth in points allowed in NCAA Division I. In the past eight games, Butler’s opponents normed just 55.5 points a game and only one team has scored in the upper 65 against the Bulldogs.
In their last game against Mississippi, Butler never trailed en route to a 67-58 decision. Kamar Baldwin produced another big game for the Bulldogs, tallying a season-high 31 points. It was the sixth consecutive time the 6-foot-1 senior has top-scored for Butler, showing that he is the team’s go-to-guy when the going gets tough in the crucial stages of the game.
Players to watch:
K. Baldwin G (8 GP 28.3 MIN 17.5 PTS 4.6 REB 2.1 AST 1.1 STL 0.8 BLK 1.8 TO 50.9 FG% 95 FT% 41.9 3P%), B. Nze F (8 GP 31.9 MIN 12.1 PTS 7.5 REB 1.4 AST 1.5 STL 0.5 BLK 1.6 TO 64.7 FG% 50 FT% 100 3P%), S. McDermott F (8 GP 31.1 MIN 10.4 PTS 4.9 REB 0.9 AST 0.4 STL 0 BLK 0.4 TO 54.9 FG% 85.7 FT% 45.5 3P%).
Florida Gators vs Butler Bulldogs Betting Predictions
Gators are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games.
Bulldogs are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games.
Florida Gators vs Butler Bulldogs Betting Picks
NCAA basketball odds favor Butler to gain their ninth consecutive game against Florida. The Gators will keep the game close but the Bulldogs will rely on their tough defense to emerge victoriously.
Moneyline: Butler holds a -181 money line while Florida has a money line of +164
ATS: The showdown will have a 4-point spread with Butler holding a -4 spread while Florida is given a +4 spread.
Totals: The total for this match is 120 with the Bulldogs going under and the Gators going over.
Score Prediction: Butler Bulldogs will win over Florida Gators, 62-58.