The Florida Gators (4-2) face off against the No. 18 Xavier Musketeers (6-0) in the Charleston Classic at TD Arena. The game can be seen on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 24, 2019.
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The last time the Gators played, they dismantled the Miami (FL) Hurricanes, 78-58. The Gators had a better free throw rate (0.143 vs. 0.091) and held the Hurricanes to an offensive rebounding percentage of 20.0 (below their season average of 27.6). With 20 points on 6-for-12 shooting, Kerry Blackshear Jr. was the game’s leading scorer.
The Musketeers edged the UConn Huskies in their last game, 75-74. Xavier’s 0.447 effective field goal percentage was their biggest advantage over UConn, who had a mark of 0.350. The Musketeers’ mark was below their season average of 0.471, while the Huskies’ was below their season average of 0.471. With 17 points and 11 rebounds, Tyrique Jones had a solid outing for Xavier.
It might be a mistake-prone game for the Xavier offense. Since last season, Xavier ranks 253rd in the NCAA in ball protection (turnover percentage of 19.7 percent), while the ball-hawking defense of Florida has forced the 33rd-most turnovers in the nation (22.0 percent).
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Prediction: ATS Winner – Xavier
Florida ranks 75th in three pointers allowed per game (20.6) while Xavier ranks 259th (24.3).
The Musketeers rank 81st in rebounds per game (37.4) while the Gators rank 250th (34.0).
Florida ranks 29th in assists allowed per game (10.8) while Xavier ranks 198th (13.5).
The Gators rank 102nd in steals per game (6.8) while the Musketeers rank 194th in steals allowed per game (6.7).
Florida ranks 106th in blocks per game (3.7) while Xavier ranks 117th in blocks allowed per game (3.1).