Ohio State at Florida: 11/24/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Florida Gators (4-0) vs Ohio State Buckeyes (4-1)
Game Info: Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 8:30 pm (Suncoast Credit Union Arena)
Betting Odds: Florida Gators -1.5 -- Over/Under: 137.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Ohio State Buckeyes & 23rd ranked Florida Gators will square off at Suncoast Credit Union Arena this Wednesday night in the Fort Myers Tip-Off.
The Ohio State Buckeyes improved to 4-1 on the season after defeating the 21st ranked Seton Hall Pirates, 79-76, this past Monday. Ohio State was outstanding offensively against Seton Hall and was able to hold on late for the victory after taking a 72-65 lead with 3:48 left in regulation. Ohio State shot 47.9% from the field & 50.0% from beyond the arc while holding Seton Hall to just 38.1% shooting from the field & 21.7% from beyond the arc. Ohio State lost the turnover battle by a 10-8 margin and was outrebounded by Seton Hall by a 36-31 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Buckeyes was E.J. Liddell who had 28 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, & 3 blocks.
On the season, Ohio State is averaging 76.8 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field. The Buckeyes are averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game on 39.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Ohio State has been led by E.J. Liddell (22.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.4 apg, 3.6 bpg), Zed Key (9.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg), Kyle Young (9.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.8 apg), & Meechie Johnson Jr. (9.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.2 spg).
Defensively, Ohio State is allowing their opponents to average 69.0 ppg on 40.6% shooting from the field. The Buckeyes have a rebound margin of 1.0 and a turnover margin of 1.0.
The 23rd ranked Florida Gators improved to 4-0 on the season after defeating the California Golden Bears, 80-60, this past Monday. Florida was outstanding on the offensive end against California and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 46-27 lead. Florida shot 51.9% from the field & 42.1% from beyond the arc while allowing California to shoot 44.0% from the field & 20.0% from beyond the arc. Florida was outrebounded by California by a 29-27 margin, however, won the turnover battle by a 18-12 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Gators was Colin Castleton who had 16 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, & 1 steal.
On the season, Florida is averaging 76.5 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Gators are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Florida has been led by Colin Castleton (17.0 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg, 3.5 bpg), Myreon Jones (12.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.5 spg), Tyree Appleby (12.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.3 spg), & Anthony Duruji (11.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.0 spg, 1.3 bpg).
Defensively, Florida is holding their opponents to an average of 55.2 ppg on 37.7% shooting from the field. The Gators have a rebound margin of 7.2 and a turnover margin of 3.2.
The Buckeyes are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games, however, are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The Gators are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games.
Ohio State was able to pick to up a solid win against Seton Hall, however, the Buckeyes are not going to win many games while losing both the turnover & rebounding battles and it’s a bit concerning to see how close the game was considering how poorly the Pirates shot from the field. Ohio State has a star in E.D. Liddell, however, the Buckeyes just haven’t gotten much production from their role players as Liddell is only one averaging double-digits. Florida has been great to start the season, led by Colin Castleton, and have been outstanding defensively as they come into this game ranked 16th in scoring defense & 45th in defensive FG%. Ohio State is going to struggle to put up points in this one against the tough Florida defense and as I think the Gators are just more of a well-balanced team, I think Florida does enough to cover this small spread. Good Luck!