Florida vs. West Virginia - 12/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
West Virginia Mountaineers (5-2) at Florida Gators (4-3)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: Florida Gators -1.5 -- Over/Under: 142.5 See the Latest Odds
The Florida Gators and West Virginia Mountaineers meet Tuesday in college basketball action at Madison Square Garden.
The Florida Gators look for a statement victory after splitting their last four games. The Florida Gators are averaging 71.7 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 62.4 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Deaundrae Ballard is averaging 10.9 points and two rebounds while KeVaughn Allen is averaging 8.7 points and 2.7 assists. Andrew Nembhard is dishing 6.6 assists and Kevarrius Hayes is grabbing six rebounds. The Florida Gators are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 65.2 percent from the free throw line. The Florida Gators are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.6 rebounds per game. The Florida Gators have lost four of their last five non-home games.
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The West Virginia Mountaineers look for another victory to build on their four-game winning streak. The West Virginia Mountaineers are averaging 86.4 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 75.9 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Esa Ahmad is averaging 16.6 points and two assists while Sagaba Konate is averaging 14.8 points and 8.2 rebounds. Lamont West is the third double-digit scorer and James Bolden is grabbing three rebounds. The West Virginia Mountaineers are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 70.3 percent from the free throw line. The West Virginia Mountaineers are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.4 rebounds per game. The West Virginia Mountaineers have won four of their last six non-home games.
The Gators are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Tuesday games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. The Mountaineers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The over is 13-3 in Mountaineers last 16 overall. The under is 5-2 in Gators last 7 overall.
The Florida Gators have issues scoring the basketball, but they've returned to their defensive roots and will be a team to watch if the offense can catch up even just a little up. Right now, Florida is one of the better defensive teams in the country. The West Virginia Mountaineers have been shaky defensively up to this point and have had to rely on an offense that's currently top-25 in points per game. I'm not sure how long WVU can continue that style of play. I trust Florida and it's defense to scratch out a victory in what could be an ugly, sloppy basketball game.