Florida Gators (2-1) vs Oklahoma Sooners (3-0)Date : 11/21/2018
Time : 12:00 pm EST
Location : Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament, Nassau, Bahamas
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Florida Gators vs Oklahoma Sooners
In the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in the Bahamas, the Florida Gators will take on the Oklahoma Sooners on Wednesday afternoon at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Florida Gators come into this game winners of two straight games with their last being an 82-69 home win over the LaSalle explorers on November 14th. Jalen Hudson led the team in scoring with 15 points while Kenvarrius Hayes along with Keyontae Johnson each had 12 points each in the much-needed victory.
Oklahoma, on the other hand, won their third straight game of the 2018 season in picking up a 75-64 home win over the Wofford Terriers as they came from one point down at the break to outscore the Terriers 38-26 in the second half en route to the victory. Brady Manek led the Sooners in scoring with 18 points along with 11 rebounds while Christian James chipped in 15 points in the win.
Florida Gators's Latest Performance :
The Florida defense is allowing opponents to score 65 points per game on 39% shooting from the field. Furthermore, they are only allowing teams to shoot 32% from 3-point line as they held the Lasalle explorers to only 33% from long range in their last outing. And despite 21 points from Pookie Powell for the Explorers, the Gators were able to lock down the other weapons within LaSalle’s offense in which to get the much-needed victory. For the game, the Gators shot 57% with Hudson, Johnson, and Hayes leading the team to victory while the Gators capitalized on 17 turnovers for Lasalle during the contest.
Oklahoma Sooners's Latest Performance :
The Oklahoma Sooners have done pretty well for themselves to start the 2018 season as they are currently averaging 84 points per game while allowing teams to score only 68 points per outing on 38% shooting. Nonetheless, versus Wofford in their last time out, the Sooners were relegated to shooting only 43% from the field along with nailing only 6 of 18 3-point attempts for the night. As stated Brady Manek led the team with 18 points while Oklahoma was able to withstand 21 points from Fletcher Magee of the Terriers in which to pick up the victory.
The defense allowed the Terriers to shoot well under 40% from the night both from the field as well as from 3-point range. There was also a huge discrepancy in free throw shooting as the Sooners got to the line 30 times while making 19 of those shots while the Terriers sinked only 6 of 13 for the night. Nonetheless, look for the Sooners to really embrace the opportunity of playing a motivated Florida team that has certainly shined on defense this year.
How Florida Gators & Oklahoma Sooners Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Florida is 1-2 ATS while the OU is 1-2
Oklahoma is 2-0-1 ATS while the OU is 1-2
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
As stated, the defense for Florida will certainly have its hands full versus an Oklahoma Squad that is averaging well above 80 points per game. In all, look for this matchup to be one to where both teams will look to slow down the pace in which two turn this game into a defensive battle. Keep in mind that these two teams are struggling on the offensive end coming into the matchup.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Oklahoma Sooners
My reason for the pick :
I will be back the Sooners in this match up as I feel as though they not only have a solid defense in which to get stops, but, they also have the much more reliable offense. As stated, the Florida Gators certainly are a potent team and will get better as the season wears on; However, they are certainly not at that point currently as their offense has a tendency to go through lulls at critical points within games. With that being said, look for the Sooners to take advantage of this while coming up with some critical baskets late in the game while pulling out a slim victory over the Gators on Wednesday night.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under in this contest as I happen to feel that both defenses will certainly step up to the plate in this matchup in which to prevent either offense from gaining any type of advantage. In other words, expect for both Florida and Oklahoma to hunker down on the defensive end in which two allow this game to remain close throughout. With that being the case, look for the under to definitely be the logical play in this matchup on Wednesday.
Betting trends for Florida Gators:
- The Gators are 2-5 ATS in last seven games
- The Under is 6-4 in Gators last ten games
Betting trends for Oklahoma Sooners:
- The Under is 5-2 in Sooners last seven games