Colorado vs Florida Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/22/24

Florida (24-11) vs Colorado (25-10)

Game Info: Friday, March 22, 2024 at 4:30 pm (Gainbridge Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Florida Gators +5.5 -- Over/Under: 160.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Colorado Buffaloes and the Florida Gators meet Friday in NCAA Tournament First Round college basketball action from Gainbridge Fieldhouse. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for the game. Here’s a Colorado vs Florida prediction. We will examine:

• The Colorado recent form and player performance

• The Florida recent form and player performance

• Recent betting trends and streaks involving Colorado

• Recent betting trends and streaks involving Florida

• Recent betting trends in games played between Colorado and Florida

• A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for the Colorado vs Florida game

Colorado Buffaloes Betting Preview

The Buffaloes weren’t playing great in the middle of the season and at one point went just 5-7 in January/February. Colorado would recover on an eight-game win streak though, beating USC, Utah, California, Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah again and Washington State in that time.

In their conference tournament matchup versus Oregon on Saturday, the Buffaloes’ streak came to an end. Colorado was down 33-30 at the break and didn’t get any closer in a 75-68 loss. Tops in scoring was KJ Simpson with 23 points, six boards and four assists in the defeat.

Florida Gators Betting Preview

Over on the Florida side, they finished off their regular season on a tough 3-3 run. The wins in that time were over Vanderbilt, Missouri and Alabama; the losses were versus Alabama, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. The Gators took out Georgia, Alabama and Texas A&M in the conference tournament, though.

On Sunday in the championship, the Gators couldn’t topple Auburn. Florida came out of the break with a 38-30 deficit, then closed on a 48-37 run for an 86-67 loss. Leading team scorer Zyon Pullin managed 15 points with seven rebounds and two assists in the losing effort.

Florida Gators Team Facts

  • Florida has won each of its last six games against non-AP-ranked opponents at a neutral venue.
  • Each of Florida's last seven NCAA Tournament games have produced a total of 159 or fewer points.
  • Florida has won the first half in each of its last six games against the Pac-12 Conference.

Colorado Buffaloes Team Facts

  • Colorado has won nine of its last 10 games.
  • Each of Colorado's last 12 games against non-AP-ranked opponents at a neutral venue have produced a total of 160 or fewer points.
  • Colorado has won the first half in 11 of its last 12 games against non-Conference opponents.

Matchup/League Facts

  • Florida ranks 1st among Division 1 teams for rebounds per game this season (43.0).
  • Florida ranks T1st among Division 1 teams for field goal attempts per game this season (65.6).
  • Colorado ranks 4th among Division 1 teams for three-point percentage this season (40.0%).
  • Colorado ranks 5th among Division 1 teams for field goal percentage this season (49.9%).

Colorado vs Florida Prediction

I’ll stay with Florida. The Gators had a great run through the conference tournament before running up against a hot Auburn squad. Florida wasn’t able to do much damage offensively in that one, hitting just 1-of-13 (7.7 percent) from 3-point range and 36.4 percent from the field. Otherwise the Gators didn’t play too badly against a tough opponent. Florida had scored 85 or more points in three straight (all wins) prior to that, though.

As for Colorado, they shot a tepid 41.7 percent from the field and coughed up 13 turnovers for 23 Ducks points in their last game. The Buffaloes have been below 69 points in consecutive games, but had scored 72 or more in seven straight prior to that. I like a pretty competitive matchup on Friday, with Florida eking out an eventual cover. Should be a fun one.

Andrew’s Pick Florida Gators +5.5

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