Florida at Xavier - 3/20/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Florida at Xavier - 3/20/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Xavier Musketeers (19-13) vs Florida Gators (20-13)

Game Info: Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 1:00 pm (Cintas Center)

Betting Odds: Xavier Musketeers -3 -- Over/Under: 144.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Florida Gators will play the Xavier Musketeers in the second round of the NIT on Sunday.

The Florida Gators are 20-13 (9-9) this season and have lost two of their last three games. Florida is coming off of a win against Iona by a score of 79-74 in the first round of the NIT. Florida shot 46.9% from the field and forced 16 turnovers in the win. Colin Castleton led the Gators with 18 points and 13 rebounds in the game. Florida is averaging 71 points per game and is giving up 66.3 points per game against, while also averaging 33.7 rebounds per game and 12.8 assists per game. Colin Castleton is averaging 16.4 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per game, while Phlandrous Fleming Jr. is averaging 11.2 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game for the Gators. Florida is shooting 42.8% on field goals, 73.5% on free throws, and 30.7% on three pointers.

The Xavier Musketeers are 19-13 (8-11) this season and have lost six of their last eight games. Xavier defeated Cleveland State by a score of 72-68 in the first round of the NIT. Xavier shot 38.7% from the field and forced 17 turnovers in the win. Adam Kunkel led the Musketeers with 14 points and 4 steals in the game. Xavier is averaging 73.9 points per game and is giving up 69.2 points per game against, while also averaging 37.3 rebounds per game and 14.6 assists per game. Jack Nunge is averaging 13.4 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game, while Paul Scruggs is averaging 12 points per game and 4.1 assists per game for the Musketeers. Xavier is shooting 44.6% on field goals, 70.1% on free throws, and 32.5% on three pointers.

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Florida is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Sunday games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 road games. The over is 5-1 in Florida’s last 6 games. Xavier is 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 home games. The over is 5-1 in Xavier’s last 6 home games.

Both of these teams had hopes of making the NCAA Tournament this season but were unable to finish the season strong enough. Both teams played very close games in the first round of the NIT, but Florida played the tougher opponent. I am taking the points with Florida and wouldn’t be shocked if they won outright.

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