The Stanford Cardinal (3-2) and the No. 7 Florida Gators (3-0) clash in the Phil Knight Invitational – Motion at Memorial Coliseum. Action begins at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 23, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
Florida Gators vs. Stanford Cardinal ATS Preview
In the Gators last matchup, they beat the New Hampshire Wildcats, 70-63. Jalen Hudson was the games high scorer with 26 points on 7-for-12 shooting. Florida dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.554 and a turnover percentage of 7.6. New Hampshire was 0.148 and 14.4, respectively, for those same stats.
The Cardinal are hoping for a better outcome after their 96-72 loss to the No. 9 North Carolina Tar Heels in their last game. Reid Travis led Stanford in scoring with 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting. North Carolina held the Cardinal to an offensive rebounding percentage of 17.9 (below their season average of 28.6). Stanford, on the other hand, had a much better free throw rate (0.304 vs. 0.151).
The ineffective offense of Stanford will square off against the top-notch defense of Florida. Since last season, the Cardinal rank 257th in offensive efficiency, while the Gators are 12th in defensive efficiency. The Gators figure to have the edge on that end of the court.
Florida Gators vs. Stanford Cardinal Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Florida, ATS Winner – Florida, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Gators average 7.5 steals per game, which ranks 32nd in the nation. The Cardinal rank 129th in steals allowed per game (6.1).
- Florida ranks fourth in assists allowed per game (9.7) while Stanford ranks 199th (13.8).
- The Gators rank 32nd in blocks per game (4.8) while the Cardinal rank 222nd (2.6).
- Florida ranks 139th in three pointers attempted per game (21.7) while Stanford ranks 317th (16.1).