The Florida Gators (6-3) take on the Providence Friars (6-5) at Barclays Center. The game will air on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 17, 2019.
Providence Friars vs. Florida Gators Free Prediction
The last time the Friars played, they defeated the Stony Brook Seawolves, 82-78. The Friars knocked down 22 of their 30 free throws (73.3 percent), while the Seawolves had a turnover percentage of 22.4 (above their season average of 18.1). Providence received a boost from Alpha Diallo, who recorded 17 points and 12 rebounds.
The Gators were beaten by the No. 24 Butler Bulldogs in their last game, 76-62. Butler made nine of their 20 three pointers (45.0 percent). Florida, meanwhile, was 6-26 (23.1 percent). With 17 points on 5-for-10 shooting, Kerry Blackshear Jr. was the game’s leading scorer.
Florida might struggle to score as they go head-to-head against one of the nation’s best defenses. Dating back to last season, Providence ranks 61st in defensive efficiency while the Gators rank 200th in offensive efficiency.
Providence Friars vs. Florida Gators Pick
Free Prediction: ATS Winner – Florida, O/U – Under
Providence ranks sixth in assists per game (15.3) while Florida ranks 222nd (11.8).
The Friars rank seventh in steals per game (8.1) while the Gators rank 164th (6.8).
Providence ranks 48th in rebounds per game (37.0) while Florida ranks 137th (33.8).
The Gators average 3.7 blocks per game, which ranks 66th in the NCAA. The Friars rank 134th in blocks allowed per game (3.3).