Butler at Florida 12/29/18 - NCAA Basketball Picks & Predictions

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Last Updated: 08/21/2019 at 11:17 AM ET

The Butler Bulldogs visit Exactech Arena in Gainesville, Florida on Saturday to play the Florida Gators. The Bulldogs improved to 9-3 on the season with a 71-54 victory over the UC Irvine Anteaters last Friday. The Bulldogs were led by Paul Jorgensen who scored 19 including five baskets from 3-point territory. Jorgensen led Butler in rebounds as well with seven.

Florida improved to 7-4 on the season following a 77-56 win over Florida Gulf Coast University. The Gators were led by Kevarius Hayes who scored 12 points and blocked three shots. The Gators defense came through with an excellent effort in shutting down the high scoring FGCU squad to win by 21 points. Kamar Baldwin leads Butler in scoring, rebounding and is second in assists with averages of 16.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. Two other Bulldogs are scoring in double figures. Aaron Thompson leads the Bulldogs in assists with an average of 4.8 per game. Butler is shooting 46.9% from the field and 38.2% from 3-point territory.

KeVaughn Allen is the leading scorer with an average of 10.3 points per game. Kevarius Hayes leads the Gators in rebounding with an average of 6.7per game. Andrew Nembhard leads the team in assists with an average of 6.0 per game. Florida is shooting 43.8% from the field and 34.7% from 3-point territory.

While Florida has the stronger of the two teams, Butler has covered each of the last 4 head to head games with Florida and 4 of the last 5 between the two teams played in Florida. Butler has enjoyed success against the SEC covering the number in 7 of its last 10 against teams from that conference. Final Score Prediction, Florida Gators win but fall short ATS 65-63.

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