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Florida vs. Butler - 12/29/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Butler Bulldogs (9-3) at Florida Gators (7-4)
Date & Time Saturday December 29, 2018, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Florida Gators -5 -- Over/Under: 130.5
TV Channel
ESPNU
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The Butler Bulldogs and the Florida Gators meet in college basketball action from the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Butler Bulldogs will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 71-54 win over UC-Irvine in their last outing. Paul Jorgensen led the Bulldogs with 19 points on 6 of 14 shooting with 5 threes and a team-high 7 rebounds while Kamar Baldwin and Jordan Tucker each had 14 points with Tucker nailing 3 threes in 14 minutes to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for the Bulldogs in the winning effort. Aaron Thompson dished out a team-high 7 assists as well in the win for Butler. Baldwin leads Butler with an average of 16.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game while Thompson leads Butler with 4.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Butler is averaging 74.8 points per game on 46.9% shooting from the field, 38.1% from behind the 3-point line and 76.6% from the foul line this season.

The Florida Gators will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 77-56 win over Florida Gulf Coast in their last outing. Noah Locke led the Gators with 15 points coming on 5 of 9 shooting from behind the arc while Jalen Hudson came right behind with 14 points on 5 of 11 shooting with 4 threes. Kevarrius Hayes added 12 points with a team-high 7 rebounds and 3 blocks while Deaundrae Ballard contributed 11 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for the Gators in the winning effort. KeVaughn Allen scored just 5 points but still leads the Gators in scoring with 10.3 points per game while Hayes leads the Gators on the glass with 6.7 rebounds per game and Andrew Nembhard leads Florida in assists with 6 helpers per game this season. As a team, Florida is averaging 70.5 points per game on 43.7% shooting from the field, 34.7% from behind the arc and 64.8% from the foul line this season.

Butler is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against the SEC and 6-15 ATS in their last 21 road games while the under is 8-1 in their last 9 games overall. Florida is 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games against the Big East and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a win while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall. Butler is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams in Florida and 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams overall. 

Butler didn’t do very well in their lone road test of the season, falling to Saint Louis by 12. However, these teams already met this season, with Butler winning on a neutral floor by 7 points. I imagine Florida will exact some sort of revenge against the Bulldogs, but as a whole this season, I haven’t really been impressed by what I’ve seen from the Gators. I think this game has the potential to be tight throughout so I’ll take Butler and the points here.

Pick:
Butler +5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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