The Saint Joseph’s Hawks (2-2) battle against the Florida Gators (2-2) in the Charleston Classic at TD Arena. The game starts at 2 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 21, 2019, and will air on ESPN2.
Florida Gators vs. Saint Joseph’s Hawks Free Prediction
In the Gators’ last game, they were topped by the UConn Huskies, 62-59. UConn’s turnover percentage was their largest advantage over Florida. The Huskies had a rate of 11.6 (better than their season average of 13.2), while the Gators posted a mark of 17.6 (above their season average of 14.5). Florida’s Andrew Nembhard had a good game, finishing with 14 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
The Hawks fell to the Loyola Chicago Ramblers in their last game, 85-68. Loyola Chicago’s turnover percentage was their largest advantage over Saint Joseph’s. The Ramblers had a rate of 14.6 (stronger than their season average of 18.6), while the Hawks posted a mark of 27.2 (above their season average of 14.1). Saint Joseph’s’ Ryan Daly had 13 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in the contest.
Based on each team’s statistical profile, ball protection could play a key role in this contest. Since last season, Saint Joseph’s has committed the third-fewest miscues in the country (turnover percentage of 14.3 percent), while the ball-hawking defense of Florida has forced the 30th-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 22.2 percent). Also, the Gators rank 56th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.477), while the Hawks rank 296th in effective field goal percentage (0.481).
Florida Gators vs. Saint Joseph’s Hawks Betting Pick
Free Pick: ATS Winner – Saint Joseph’s
Florida ranks 140th in rebounds allowed per game (34.6) while Saint Joseph’s ranks 275th (37.9).