Florida basketball takes a trip out to the west coast to face the Xavier Musketeers in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday, Nov. 24for the Phil Knight Legacy tournament, and if you’re wondering how you can watch the Thanksgiving action live, you’ve come to the right place.
The holiday affair that pits a member of the Southeastern Conference against a Big East opponent on a neutral court is sure to be a good one. The Gators were triumphant in their last game against the Florida State Seminoles, coming back from a deep deficit to prevail by double digits on the road in Tallahassee. However, the Musketeers also enter the Matchup with an equal 3-1 mark so far and pose a formidable threat to Todd Golden’s team.
Florida and Xavier have faced each other five times prior since 1959, with the Musketeers holding a slim 3-2 lead in the all-time series. They won the first two meetings before the Gators took the next two, but bounced back to take the most recent faceoff in the NIT last March by a whopping final score of 72-56.
Here’s when and how you can tune into the game:
The Musketeers are favored by 1.5 points over the Gators according to BetMGM. Here are the full odds as of 8:20 am EST Thursday.
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Betting odds for Gators-Musketeers basketball game
The oddsmakers have a tight line on this game as the two teams match up quite well against each other on paper. Florida looked well-tuned in its first game of the season as well as the second half of the FSU game, but has also had some very questionable stretches interspersed. It is hard to say what playing on a neutral court on the other side of the country will do to the team on a family holiday, but don’t expect it to give them an advantage. In fact, the Gators are likely to drop this one — but it should be at least a fun game to watch.
Xavier 78, Florida 73
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