Florida @ Xavier
Regular Season Records: Florida 20-13; Xavier 19-13
What to Know
The Florida Gators and the Xavier Musketeers are set to clash at 1 p.m. ET March 20 at Cintas Center in the second round of the NIT. The Gators will be hoping to build upon the 70-65 win they picked up against Xavier when they previously played in November of 2019.
Florida earned some postseason bragging rights after a successful outing this past Wednesday. They secured a 79-74 W over the Iona Gaels. Florida relied on the efforts of forward Colin Castleton, who posted a double-double on 18 points and 13 rebounds, and guard Phlandrous Fleming Jr., who had 18 points in addition to five boards.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland State Vikings typically have all the answers at home, but last week Xavier proved too difficult a challenge. Xavier sure made it a nail-biter, but they managed to escape with a 72-68 victory. They got their win on the backs of several key players, and it was forward Zach Freemantle out in front dropping a double-double on 13 points and 11 rebounds along with four blocks.
The Gators are expected to win this handily, but they should have beaten the Texas Southern Tigers Dec. 6 easily too and instead slipped up with a 69-54. In other words, don't count the Musketeers out just yet.
How To Watch
- When: Sunday at 1 p.m. ET
- Where: Cintas Center -- Cincinnati, Ohio
- TV: ESPN
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Musketeers are a 3-point favorite against the Gators, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 3-point spread, and stayed right there.
Florida won the only game these two teams have played in the last eight years.
- Nov 24, 2019 - Florida 70 vs. Xavier 65
Injury Report for Xavier
- Cesare Edwards: Game-Time Decision (Foot)
- KyKy Tandy: Out for the Season (Leg)
- Elijah Tucker: Out for the Season (Illness)
Injury Report for Florida
- Anthony Duruji: Game-Time Decision (Ankle)
- CJ Felder: Game-Time Decision (Hip)
- Keyontae Johnson: Out (Chest)
- Jason Jitoboh: Out for the Season (Eye)