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Florida vs. West Virginia - 1/30/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

West Virginia Mountaineers (17-3) at Florida Gators (13-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Stephen O'Connell Center)

The Line: Florida Gators +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The 9th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers will travel to the Stephen C. O’Connell Center to take on the Florida Gators this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The 9th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 17-3 (6-2 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats, 70-55, this past Tuesday. West Virginia went on a 10-0 run early in the 1st half to build a 34-25 halftime lead and was outstanding defensively in the 2nd half to secure the win. West Virginia shot 42.6% from the field and outrebounded Kansas State by a 42-36 margin. The Mountaineers held the Wildcats to 35.1% shooting from the field and 5.6% (1-18) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for West Virginia was Jonathan Holton who had a double-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and a steal. On the season, the Mountaineers have been led by Jaysean Paige (13.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.6 spg), Devin Williams (13.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Jevon Carter (11.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.9 spg). Offensively, West Virginia is averaging 81.6 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field and 30.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Mountaineers average 5.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.07. Defensively, West Virginia is holding their opponents to an average of 63.6 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers average 10.8 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 5.3.

Florida vs. West Virginia - 1/30/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Florida Gators had their three-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 13-7 (5-3 SEC) on the season after being defeated by the Vanderbilt Commodores, 60-59, this past Tuesday. Florida was able to make a run after being down by 11 points at halftime, but couldn’t pull off the comeback in the loss. Florida shot 32.9% from the field and 31.8% (7-22) from beyond the arc. The Gators allowed the Commodores to shoot 40.9% from the field and loss the turnover battle by a 19-13 margin. Leading the way for Florida was Dorian Finney-Smith who had a double-double with 12 points, 14 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, the Gators have been led by Dorian Finney-Smith (14.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.3 apg), KeVaughn Allen (11.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.2 spg), and John Egbunu (10.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.7 bpg). Offensively, Florida is averaging 73.8 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field and 31.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Gators average 7.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover of 1.14. Defensively, Florida is holding their opponents to an average of 64.7 ppg on 38.6% shooting. The Gators have a rebound margin of 4.2 and a turnover margin of 1.8.

The Mountaineers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Gators are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss.

This should be a solid game to kick things off on Saturday and will come down to whether the West Virginia defense will be able to get enough offensive by creating turnovers. Florida has a solid defense which should slow down the set offense of the Mountaineers, but the Gators have committed a combined 35 turnovers in their last two games and I think West Virginia will be able to get it done with their defense in this one. I’m taking West Virginia and the small points. 

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