Florida vs. Miami Prediction, Game Preview

    Florida vs. Miami prediction and game preview for when the Gators visit the Hurricanes in the BankUnited Center.

    December 7, 2015

    The Miami Hurricanes will be back home in Coral Gables, Fla. to take on the Florida Gators in the BankUnited Center. Below is the Florida vs. Miami prediction and game preview.

    Florida vs. Miami Game Preview

    Game Broadcast

    Date: Tuesday, Dec. 8
    Game Time: 7 p.m. ET
    Venue: BankUnited Center, Coral Gables, Fla.
    Network: ESPN2

    Why You Need To Care

    Who doesn’t love an in-state battle between two classic programs? The more intense battles between these two schools have come on the football field, but let’s see what another hardwood matchup has in store.

    No. 17 Miami enters this one at 7-1. Northeastern handed the Hurricanes their first loss of the season the day after Thanksgiving with a 78-77 finish. Miami responded with back-to-back wins against Nebraska and Charlotte.

    Florida is in a similar boat. The Gators dropped a neutral-site game to Purdue about two weeks ago, and since then Michael White has coached his team to three straight wins.

    The Gators are facing their second ranked opponent of the season with this game capping a home-and-home series with the Hurricanes. Miami won the first matchup in Gainesville, Fla. last season 65-63. Let’s see if Florida can even it out.

    Why Florida Will Win

    The Gators’ front court is just too good on the glass. Dorian Finney-Smith has been a monster on the boards since he transferred to Florida from Virginia Tech. He, John Egbunu and Devin Robinson are combining for an average of 38.1 points and 25.3 rebounds per game. If that trio can get going, and the Gators keep the Canes off the free throw line, Florida will win this one.

    Why Miami Will Win

    Obviously, it was just said, Miami has to win the battle on the boards in this one. Tonye Jekiri is the only Hurricane close to averaging a double-double with 9.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. He’ll have to have a big night against the Gators. Miami will also need to dare the Gators to make threes. This isn’t the old Billy Donovan-coached team from years past. Florida is only shooting 30.4 percent from the outside. If Florida goes cold from the perimeter, the Canes can string together some scoring runs.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    At the end of the day, Florida’s front court will be the difference maker. Miami doesn’t crash the boards like the Gators do. Finney-Smith can stretch the floor with the best of them. He’s hitting 35.7 percent of his triples, and he’ll end up leading Florida to a win in this one. Sheldon McClellan will show out for the home crowd, but he won’t score enough to carry the Canes to a win.

    Florida vs. Miami Prediction

    Robert Judin:
    Florida 81, Miami 76

    Jordan Cornette:
    Miami 84, Florida 73

    Line: Miami -7, o/u: 147

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