Gators chomping through competition

Gators shoot to continue rise down South

Florida has dropped five straight clashes with non-SEC opponents ranked in the top five. But can Mike White’s team rise to the occasion against Duke?

The two programs are preparing to slug it out on the East Coast, with a 9:30 p.m. ET tip tonight at Madison Square Garden. Online sports book Bovada.lv gives the fifth-ranked Blue Devils odds of -360 to remain undefeated. UF, on the other hand, represents a +280 underdog.

Bet on Today's NCAA Action

Thanks to a 7-1 start, the Gators have jumped to No. 19 in the polls. Their lone mistake: dropping a 77-72 decision to No. 9 Gonzaga on Nov. 25. Most recently, White’s troops picked up a 91-60 road win at North Florida, shooting 58.5 percent from the field in the process.

Mike Krzyzewski’s group, naturally, ended last week with a 94-55 rout of Maine. Stellar guards Grayson Allen and Frank Jackson missed the tilt due to foot problems. For the first time this season, though, Krzyzewski was able to deploy the vaunted freshman duo of Jayson Tatum and Marques Bolden. Tatum, showing no ill effects from an ankle that sidelined him about a month, had 10 points and eight rebounds. Despite committing three turnovers, Bolden also performed ably in his college debut.

NCAA BB Quick Links: Free Matchup Reports | Injuries | Odds Comparison | Scoreboard | Betting Trends

While some may posit that the neutral-court setting helps Florida, we’re skeptical of the squad’s ability to contain the Dukies’ new phenoms in the post. With the exception of John Egbunu, none of Fox’s bigs will utterly command the paint. Expect Duke to ride its inside-out game all the way to victory No. 9.

 

TUESDAY NCAA FREE PICK: DUKE -8

Loading...

College Basketball Predictions

Thumbnail Indiana vs. Wisconsin Prediction Big Ten rivals clash in Madison, WI on Wednesday night when No. 22 Wisconsin hosts Indiana at 7:00 p.m. ET. The underdog has had plenty of ATS success in previous...
Thumbnail Texas Tech vs. Tennessee Prediction No. 13 Tennessee will take on Texas Tech on Tuesday night in New York City for the opener of the Jimmy V Classic. Are the Vols a good bet to cover as a 4-point...
Thumbnail Illinois vs. Iowa Prediction Big Ten rivals clash in Iowa City on Monday night where the Hawkeyes will host the Illinois Fighting Illini at 7:00 p.m. ET. Will the Hawkeyes cover as a 3-point home...
Thumbnail Iowa vs. Purdue Prediction Big Ten foes will clash in West Lafayette, IN on Friday night when the Purdue Boilermakers will host the Iowa Hawkeyes at 9:00 p.m. ET. Is 11.5 too many points to lay with...
Thumbnail Michigan vs. North Carolina Prediction No. 24 Michigan heads to Chapel Hill, NC on Wednesday night to take on North Carolina at 9:15 p.m. ET in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on ESPN. With the Wolverines...

NCAAB Headlines