Baylor vs. Florida Pick
Can No. 20 Florida bounce back today when the Gators host Baylor in the Big 12/SEC Challenge at Noon ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Florida is favored in this game, as the Gators are getting odds of -6.5 points against Baylor. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 141.5 points. Today’s game takes place from Exactech Arena in Gainesville, Florida and will air live on ESPN.
Baylor has lost two straight and six of its last eight following a 90-83 loss at home to Kansas State this week. The Bears are 12-8 overall, 0-5 on the road and 7-6 against the spread. Baylor is averaging 75.8 points per game on offense while allowing 67.5 per contest on defense. Manu Lecomte is leading Baylor with 16.6 points per game while Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. is adding 15.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest.
Florida is coming off a 77-72 loss at home to South Carolina this week. It was the Gators’ second loss in four games. Florida is now 14-6 on the season, 8-3 at home and 10-9 against the spread. The Gators are averaging 80.7 points per game on offense while allowing 72.4 per game on defense. Jalen Hudson is averaging 16.5 points per game to lead the Gators this season while Egor Koulechov is adding 14.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest.
These two have no recent meetings to consider today. Florida has been good at bouncing back this year. After the loss at Ole Miss, Florida responded with a 15-point win over Arkansas and then a win at Kentucky. I think the break from SEC play will help Florida. The Bears are averaging just 60.4 points per game on the road and I think that won’t get much better against this Florida defense. The public betting is strongly backing Florida as well.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: FLORIDA -6.5