Navy vs. Florida - 11/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Gators (0-0) vs. Navy Midshipmen (0-0)
NCAA Basketball: Friday, November 13, 2015 at 9:30 pm (Alumni Hall)
The Line: Navy +13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Florida Gators and Navy Midshipmen open their season Friday night at the Alumni Hall.
The Florida Gators look for a rebound season under new coach Michael White after winning 16 games last year. Dorian Finney-Smith returns after leading Florida with 13.1 points and 6.2 rebounds while Kasey Hill averaged 7.2 points and 4.5 assists. Devin Robinson grabbed 2.8 rebounds and Chris Chiozza dished 2.2 assists. The Florida Gators have a new head coach for the first time since the 1995 season and will have plenty of new faces on the court to match. The good news for Florida is that Finney-Smith is one of the better players in the SEC and the return of DeVon Walker (injured ACL last season) should pay off in spades. South Florida transfer John Egbunu should become a force in the paint, but overall, the Florida Gators have a lot to prove before being considered an SEC contender.
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The Navy Midshipmen look for a bounce back season after winning 13 or less games in six straight years. Tilman Dunbar will lead Navy after averaging 9.1 points and 3.3 assists while Will Kelly averaged 6.1 points and 4.2 rebounds. Edward Alade gabbed 3.4 rebounds and Kendall Knorr dished 1.6 assists. The Navy Midshipmen struggled to put the ball in the hoop last year and now have some serious questions with Worth Smith and Brandon Venturini no longer around. Last year, Navy shot just 43.9 percent from the field and 32.8 percent from beyond the arc. The good news for the Midshipmen is that they’re an experienced basketball team and have won four of their last seven home games.
The Gators are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Midshipmen are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
New coach or not, the Florida Gators are simply far more talented than the Navy Midshipmen, especially a Navy team that lost its top-two players from last season. Eating big chalk in the first game of the season is always risky, but there's a huge talent gap between Florida and Navy.