The No. 5 Florida Gators (5-2) will be at home in Stephen C. O’Connell Center when they challenge the Loyola Chicago Ramblers (8-1). Florida is a 15-point favorite on the opening line, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 152 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, and it can be seen on SEC Network.
Loyola Chicago Ramblers at Florida Gators Betting Preview
The Ramblers easily got past the UIC Flames in their last game, 85-61. Aundre Jackson was the games leading scorer with 23 points on 10-for-11 shooting. Loyola Chicago played a nearly flawless game. They had a turnover percentage of 11.5 (better than their season average of 18.3) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 16.1 (below their season average of 23.5). For those same stats, UIC was 24.9 and 12.9, respectively.
In the Gators last game, they were dismantled by the Florida State Seminoles, 83-66. Jalen Hudson led Florida in scoring with 16 points on 5-for-11 shooting. Florida State had an offensive rebounding percentage of 50.0 (above their season average of 43.4). Florida, on the other hand, did a fantastic job of getting to and converting from the free throw line (18-25; 72.0 percent).
Looking at effective field goal percentage, this appears to be a matchup of two heavyweights. Since last season, the Loyola Chicago offense ranks 18th in the nation in that metric at 0.568, while the Florida defense ranks 32nd in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.464).
Both of these teams tend to go over the projected point total. Games featuring Loyola Chicago have gone over 83.3 percent of the time, while Florida games have gone over 80.0 percent of the time. The Ramblers have the superior straight up (SU) record (8-1 vs. 5-2), but the Gators hold the sizable advantage against the spread (ATS) (4-3 vs. 4-2).
Loyola Chicago Ramblers vs. Florida Gators Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Florida, ATS Winner – Florida, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Gators rank 42nd in steals per game (7.5) while the Ramblers rank 124th (6.5).
- Florida ranks 45th in three pointers allowed per game (19.0) while Loyola Chicago ranks 57th (19.3).
- Florida ranks 91st in rebounds per game (37.4) while Loyola Chicago ranks 292nd (32.0).
- The Gators rank 38th in blocks per game (4.8) while the Ramblers rank 233rd (2.5).
- Loyola Chicago ranks 50th in assists per game (15.5) while Florida ranks 186th (13.2).