UAB vs. Florida - 11/27/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Gators (2-2) at UAB Blazers (2-3)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort)
The Line: UAB Blazers +15 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Florida Gators and the UAB Blazers face off on Thursday in the Battle4Atlantis college basketball tournament.
The Florida Gators lost for the second time this season as they fell to Georgetown in overtime on Friday. Florida trailed by four at the half and then rallied to get the game to overtime where they lost by a point. Florida shot just 35.9 percent from the floor and a miserable 26.1 percent from beyond the three-point arc while hitting 68.4 percent of their free throw chances. Dorian Finney-Smith had 16 points and six rebounds to lead the Gators. Michael Frazier II had 12 points and seven rebounds, Jon Horford had 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Kasey Hill had eight points. Florida won the rebounding war 37-30 but that wasn’t enough to keep them from falling just short.
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The UAB Blazers were crushed by the Wisconsin Badgers on Wednesday losing by 29 points in a game that was one sided. UAB trailed by 20 points at the half and it just got worse from there as fell further behind. UAB shot 35.3 percent from the floor including 21.1 percent from beyond the three-point arc while getting just eight free throw chances and hitting just three of those. Robert Brown had 16 points to lead the Blazers is scoring, Hakeem Baxter had seven points, and Chris Cokley had six points. Thursday’s loss was UAB’s third of the season as they fell to 2-3 for the year.
Florida is 4-1 against the spread following a loss, 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six games, and 5-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record. UAB is 7-22 against the spread in their last 22 neutral site games, 0-4 against the spread in their last four games, and 0-5 against the spread in their last five non-conference games.
Florida hasn't looked like a team ready to beat anyone by 15 points so I am taking them here.