It will be a battle between SEC opponents when the Florida Gators (8-4) welcome the Alabama Crimson Tide (7-5) to the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 4, 2020.
Alabama Crimson Tide at Florida Gators ATS Prediction
In the Crimson Tide’s last game, they beat the Richmond Spiders, 90-78. Alabama’s offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest strength over Richmond. The Crimson Tide had a rate of 42.5 (above their season average of 29.8), while the Spiders posted a mark of 28.9. With 28 points on 8-for-18 shooting, Jaden Shackelford was the top scorer from either team.
The Gators dismantled the Long Beach State Beach in their last game, 102-63. The Gators, who came into the game averaging an offensive rebounding percentage of 31.1, had an absurd mark of 40.0 and had a turnover percentage of 10.8 (better than their season average of 15.9). With 16 points and 10 rebounds, Noah Locke played well for Florida.
There’s a decent chance that Alabama struggles to create turnovers. Florida ranks 80th in the country at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 17.9 percent), while Alabama forces the 89th-fewest turnovers (18.4 percent). Opposite tempos will be on display in this battle. The up-tempo Crimson Tide rank sixth in possessions per game, while the slower-paced Gators rank 306th.
After the Gators won the lone game against the Crimson Tide last season, 71-53, these teams will meet for the first time this year. The Gators had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (21.7 vs. 16.1) and had a better turnover percentage (13.8 vs. 17.3).
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Florida Gators Free Pick
Basketball Tip: ATS Winner – Florida, O/U – Over
Alabama ranks sixth in three pointers attempted per game (30.2) while Florida ranks 185th (20.6).
The Gators rank 32nd in steals allowed per game (5.4) while the Crimson Tide rank 179th (9.3).
Florida ranks 94th in rebounds per game (37.6) while Alabama ranks 211th in rebounds allowed per game (37.8).
The Crimson Tide rank 47th in blocks per game (4.4) while the Gators rank 86th (3.6).
Alabama ranks 66th in assists per game (14.8) while Florida ranks 88th in assists allowed per game (11.8).
The Crimson Tide’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 11.6, up from 5.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Gators have scored an average of 76.4 points per game (5.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 64.4 points per game (1.8 above their season average).