Never Forget Tribute Classic: Florida Gators Battle Cincinnati Bearcats

Never Forget Tribute Classic

Gators Look to end 3-game Skid in Never Forget Tribute Classic

The 2017 Never Forget Tribute Classic has a pair of great matchups this year. The first game has the VCU Rams taking on the Seton Hall Pirates at 3 pm EST. The nightcap has the 5th-ranked Florida Gators taking on the 17th-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats. ESPN2 will have the coverage of the latter game at 6 pm EST.

This is the first ever meeting between the perennial NCAA Tournament squads. Oddsmakers have the Bearcats as -1.5-point favorites. The total is at 147.

The Gators have lost three straight games. The only true “upset” was a surprising 65-59 home loss to Loyola-Chicago on Wednesday. Florida was hammered by a very underrated Florida State team on Monday. They lost 83-66. The streak began with an 87-84 loss to No. 1 Duke on Nov. 26. Florida blew a 17-point lead in the second half.

Florida is shooting just 36.6 percent from the field and 18.2 percent from 3-point range during the skid. They have a terrible assist-to-turnover ratio of 14 to 25. You don’t beat many college basketball games with that type of play.

The Gators still have the SEC’s highest-scoring offense at 90.2 ppg.  They also lead the league in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.6, and free-throw percentage at 76.5%.

Chris Chiozza leads the SEC with 6.1 assists per game. Egor Koulechov’s .958 free-throw percentage is tops the league.

Florida’s four 100-point games are tied for third-most in a season in school history. The Gators had five such games twice previously.They were in the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons. The Gators also had two prior seasons with four back in 1986-87 and 2003-04.

Bearcats Coming into Never Forget Classic off Their Only Loss

The Bearcats are coming off an 89-76 loss to crosstown rival and No. 13 Xavier. The Muskateers shot 47.4 percent from the field and outrebounded Cincinnati 44-27.

The Bearcats rank among the nation’s top 10 in scoring margin. They are second with a  plus-25.1 margin. They are ninth in the nation in rebound margin at plus-11.4. The team is ninth in field-goal percentage defense, with opponents making only 36.2% of their shots.

They are also among the top 25 in total rebounds per game.  The Bearcats rank 12th with 43.1. They are 15th in scoring defense at at 61.3 ppg. Cincinnati is also 15th in total blocks with 48. They are 19th in blocked shots per game with 6.0 and 24th with 18.4 assists per game.

Cincinnati has won 35 of its last 40 regular-season games. That dates back to a 61-54 win over SMU in March 2016.

Bearcats senior forward Gary Clark ranks third in the nation with 883 career rebounds. His 20 career double-doubles are the most among all active players in the American Athletic Conference.

Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Cincinnati 7-1 4-4 0 0 0 2-2 0-1 4-4 3-1 1-0
Florida 5-3 4-4 99.50 80.67 18.83 2-3 0-0 5-3 2-3 0-0
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
Name Assists Turnovers Ratio
CINCY 0 0 0
FLA 18.00 9.33 1.93
Rebounding
Name Offense Defense Total
CINCY 0 0 0
FLA 11.83 27.50 39.33
ShootingPercentage
Name Offense Defense Differential
CINCY 0 0 0
FLA 49.26 44.00 5.26
Team Records

Cincinnati Bearcats

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 7-1 7-0 0-1 3-3 3-2 0-1 86.38 61.25 25.13
Last 10 7-1 7-0 0-1 3-3 3-2 0-1 86.38 61.25 25.13
vs Conf 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00

Florida Gators

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 5-3 3-3 2-0 4-4 2-4 2-0 90.25 79.00 11.25
Last 10 5-3 3-3 2-0 4-4 2-4 2-0 90.25 79.00 11.25
vs Conf 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00

Never Forget Tribute Classic Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 86.38 29 79.00 230
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 90.25 11 61.25 15

Never Forget Tribute Classic Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Cincinnati Bearcats

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Dec 2, 2017 XAVIR 76-89 L 2.5 147 L/O 42.03 62.50 8 A
Nov 27, 2017 ALAST 83-51 W -42.5 49.15 73.08 6 H
Nov 22, 2017 WYOM 78-53 W -12.5 143.5 W/U 50.00 64.29 7 H
Nov 21, 2017 RICHM 75-48 W -17.5 140.5 W/U 54.35 70.59 13 H
Nov 20, 2017 BUFF 73-67 W -16 154 L/U 39.62 77.14 4 H

Florida Gators

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Dec 6, 2017 LOYCH 59-65 L -16.5 151 L/U 36.92 64.29 2 H
Dec 4, 2017 FLAST 66-83 L -9 164 L/U 36.21 72.00 6 H
Nov 26, 2017 DUKE 84-87 L 2.5 163 L/O 42.25 80.00 8 H
Nov 24, 2017 GONZG 111-105 W -2.5 154 W/O 45.83 80.00 17 A
Nov 23, 2017 STANF 108-87 W -12.5 151.5 W/O 58.46 80.95 15 A

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