Florida A&M Rattlers (1-4) vs. Florida Gators (4-3)
November 30, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Florida Gators -29.5 / Florida A&M Rattlers -29.5 ; Over/Under: -
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The Florida A&M Rattlers and the Florida Gators meet Wednesday in college basketball action from O’Connell Center. Florida A&M enters this one at 1-4 overall. The Rattlers got their first win last Monday over Albany State. As for Florida, they’re 4-3 following a loss to West Virginia in their last game. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Florida A&M got off to a rocky start this season. The Rattlers dropped their first four games in a row to Oregon, Portland, Oregon State and Miami FL. The Rattlers finally got their first win of the year over Albany State last Monday.
In the Albany State matchup, Florida A&M faced a three-point deficit going into the second half. The Rattlers forced overtime and took a 70-65 win. Jordan Chatman led the team on 18 points and nine rebounds.
Over on the Florida side, they went 3-1 over their first four games this year with wins over Stony Brook, Kennesaw State and Florida State. The Gators fell to Xavier but bounced back with a win over Oregon State in game six.
Back on Sunday versus West Virginia, Florida fell behind 41-33 by halftime. The Gators had an even worse second half in a 43-22 loss. The only double-digit scorer on the team was Kyle Lofton with 17 points.
PICK: I’m probably still leaning Florida. Not going near this one, though; the line’s too thick to mess with. The Gators are coming off a rough outing versus a very good West Virginia team. Florida shot a tepid 34.5 percent from the field and went 2-of-17 (11.8 percent) from 3-point range. The Gators were out-rebounded 49-28 (15-6 offensive) and had 14 turnovers.
All of that said, the Gators should have no issues handling Florida A&M. The Rattlers have scored 61 or fewer points in four of their five games and won’t hang around for long here. The only question is the margin of victory.