Florida at Cal: 11/22/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Florida at Cal:  11/22/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

California Golden Bears (2-2) vs Florida Gators (3-0)

Game Info: Monday, November 22, 2021 at 8:30 pm (Suncoast Credit Union Arena)

Betting Odds: California Golden Bears +11.5 -- Over/Under: 128 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Florida Gators and Cal Golden Bears face off on Monday in a college basketball showdown at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena. 

The Cal Golden Bears lost their first two games of the season before winning the last two games. In the first game of the season, California really struggled against UC San Diego giving up 80 points, and that led to the 13 point loss. Cal is averaging 67.3 points while their defense is giving up 68.3 points per game. The Golden Bears are averaging 60.3 shots per game which is 155th in college basketball. Forward Andre Kelly has been the best player for Cal averaging 16.8 points while shooting 60.9 percent from the field. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Florida Gators who sit with a perfect 3-0 record and they have gone 2-1 against the spread. In the last game against Milwaukee, the defense was strong giving up only 45 points and that led to the victory. Florida is averaging 75.3 points while their defense is giving up 53.7 points per game. The Gators are attempting 63 shots per game which is 82nd in college basketball. Collin Castleton has been the top player for Florida this season averaging 17.3 points while shooting 56.8 percent from the field. There are four different players who are averaging at least 11 points per game. 

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Cal is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games against a team with a winning record. Cal is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games overall. The over is 4-1 in Florida’s last five neutral site games. The under is 4-1 in Cal’s last five neutral site games. The over is 4-0 in Florida’s last four games following a straight up win of more than 20 points. 

Cal’s defense has been an issue at times, and it’s going to be no different in this game. Florida’s defense has also been elite, and California is going to struggle to score in this game. Back Florida to win this game and cover the spread. The lack of scoring by Cal will also keep this game under the total.

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Shane’s Pick Florida -11.5

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