Florida demonstrated why it came into the Big Dance as the top-ranked team in the country Thursday, as it picked up a 79-68 victory over the UCLA Bruins as 4.5-point favorites, while going OVER the betting total of 139.5.
The Gators’ senior class will be making their fourth consecutive trip to the Elite 8—losing at this stage the previous three seasons.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 9-2 SU and 7-4 ATS in NCAA Tournament games, with the UNDER going 6-5 in that situation.
Enjoying the moment
Dayton has captured three straight up underdog victories in this event, including a 82-72 win over the Stanford Cardinal in the Sweet 16 Thursday, while going OVER the betting total of 132.5.
The Flyers’ bench outscored the Cardinal by a 34-2 margin last time out, but their depth will be matched by the Gators this time around.
College basketball handicappers will find that the team is 8-3 SU and 9-2 ATS as underdogs during the 2013-14 campaign.
The Gators needs to be respected as double-digit favorites on the SBR Odds page, considering they’ve won a school-record 29 consecutive games, while also improving to 34-11 SU in this event under longtime head coach Billy Donovan.
Florida has won 25 of 30 games when playing as the No. 1 team in the country, with most if not all of that success coming with Donovan on the sidelines.
David vs. Goliath
There’s no question that the Flyers are up against it in this spot, but it’s important to point out that the team has won its last eight games versus Southeastern Conference opponents.
Dayton has put together a 25-11 SU record in the last seven years when taking on BCS programs, including a 6-2 mark this season.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Gators as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as they’ve covered the number in 20 of their last 28 NCAA Tournament games.
Dayton has played with a lead throughout this event, but that’ll change against the likes of Florida in this affair.
Pick: Florida Gators -10