The Florida Gators will head on the road to battle the #24 Butler Bulldogs in an inter-conference showdown Saturday afternoon from the Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Gators tallied a 73-67 home win against Marshall in their previous action, and the Bulldogs posted a convincing 67-58 road win over Ole Miss on Tuesday night. Florida tallied a dominating 77-43 win against Butler last season.
Florida's Defense Key in Winning Streak
The Florida Gators are targeting their fifth consecutive win. They compiled a big win against #18 Xavier and a 73-67 home win against Marshall in their last two games. The Gators defense has especially thrived so far this season.
Keyontae Johnson is locked in, posting at least a 60% clip from the field six times this season. The sophomore forward scored 15 points in the win against Xavier, and he leads the Gators with 13 points on a 56% field goal efficiency. Kerry Blackshear Jr. is a great defensive player who has already earned five double-doubles on the season. The 6-foot-10 senior forward is averaging 12.9 points along with a team-leading 8.9 rebounds per game. Andrew Nembhard is playing better after a bit of a slow start, sinking 9 of 16 field goals in his last two games. The sophomore guard is posting 5.3 assists along with 10 points per game. Florida lost to Florida State and beat Miami FL.
The Gators are ranked 31st in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings, and look for them to climb into the AP Top 25 if they win this game. Florida lost its lone true road game by a 62-59 score to UConn. The Gators are not a high-scoring team, averaging only 67.6 points, placing them 268th overall. They are limiting opponents to 62 points, positioning them 56th in DI.
#24 Butler Defeats Ole Miss to Remain Perfect
The#24 Butler Bulldogs' spectacular start to the season continues. They are sporting a perfect 8-0 record which included a solid 67-58 road win at Ole Miss on Tuesday in a tilt that had the Bulldogs as a one-point dog. Butler has also defeated Minnesota of the Big Ten and Stanford of the PAC-12 this season led by stifling defense.
Kamar Baldwin continues to dominate, scoring over 20 points in two straight games which included 31 points on 11 for 16 shooting in Tuesday’s win. The senior guard has now surpassed 20 points four times this season, and he features an average of 17.5 PPG on 51% shooting.
Bryce Nze is very tough to defend underneath the bucket, connecting on at least 60% of his field goals in five out of his last six games. The junior forward is posting 12.1 PPG and a team-leading 7.5 RPG. Sean McDermott is another forward that is tough to contain, compiling a 54.9% field goal efficiency for 10.4 PPG.
The Bulldogs are ranked #24th in the AP Top 25, and Ken Pomeroy has them at 16th in his ratings. They have won all five home games, and are averaging 71.1 points, placing them 210th overall. Butler is one of the top defensive teams in D1, holding opponents to 55.5 points, good for eighth overall.
The Florida Gators are:
- 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.
The top supporting trends found on covers.com are: The Butler Bulldogs are:
- 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight-up win.
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.