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George Washington Colonials vs. Florida Gators - 3/23/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida Gators (21-14) at George Washington Colonials (25-10)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Charles E. Smith Center)

The Line: Florida Gators -- See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The George Washington Colonials will host the Florida Gators in the NIT Quarterfinals on Wednesday.

The Florida Gators are 21-14 (9-9) and are coming off of wins against North Florida by a score of 97-68 and Ohio State by a score of 74-66 in their first 2 games of the tournament. Dorian Finney-Smith led Florida with 16 points and 12 rebounds against Ohio State. Florida out rebounded Ohio State by a total of 43-35 and added 14 assists in their victory. Florida has won 4 of their last 5 games, with their only loss coming against Texas A&M in the SEC Tournament. Florida is averaging 73.6 points per game while giving up 68.6 points per game. Florida is also averaging 40.1 rebounds per game and 13.1 assists per game. Dorian Finney-Smith is averaging 14.9 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game for Florida. KeVaughn Allen is averaging 11.3 points per game and 2.7 rebounds per game for the Gators. Florida is shooting 64.3% on free throws, 32% on three-pointers, and 42.6% on all field goal attempts.

George Washington Colonials vs. Florida Gators - 3/23/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The George Washington Colonials are 25-10 (11-7) and are coming off of wins against Hofstra by a score of 82-80 and Monmouth by a score of 87-71 in their first 2 games of the tournament. Tyler Cavanaugh led George Washington with 22 points and 12 rebounds against Monmouth. George Washington out rebounded Monmouth by a total of 46-36 and added 13 assists in their victory. George Washington has won 3 of their last 4 games, with their only loss coming against St. Joe’s in the A-10 Tournament. George Washington is averaging 75.2 points per game while giving up 68.7 points per game. George Washington is also averaging 37.9 rebounds per game and 14 assists per game. Tyler Cavanaugh is averaging 16.5 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game for George Washington. Patricio Garino is averaging 14.1 points per game and 4.1 rebounds per game for the Colonials. George Washington is shooting 75.6% on free throws, 36.7% on three-pointers, and 44.4% on all field goal attempts.

Florida is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games. The over is 5-0 in Florida’s last 5 non-conference games. George Washington is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games against the SEC. The over is 5-0 in George Washington’s last 5 games.

George Washington was able to knock off Monmouth in their last game, which was the number 1 seed in their region. Florida has had 2 nice wins in the tournament, but will be on the road for this game. George Washington has the slightly higher scoring offense, while Florida is the better rebounding team. I like George Washington with the points at home. 

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