There’s 2 unexpected participants in a March Madness Elite 8 game on Sunday when South Carolina collides with Florida. Don’t make a move on this game without first reading this informative betting preview, and it concludes with one of our free March Madness picks.
A couple of SEC rivals square off in a March Madness “Elite 8” game at Madison Square Garden in New York when South Carolina plays Florida. The winner moves on to the “Final Four” next Saturday in Phoenix and will face either Gonzaga or Xavier.
At the time of this writing (3/25), March Madness odds at YouWager indicate that Florida is a 3.0-point favorite, and there’s a total of 135.0.
Third Meeting Between Gators and Gamecocks in 2017
These teams met twice during regular season action, and the home team won on each occasion. The one thing which stood out more than anything else in those 2 matchups was the intense physicality exhibited by both teams. That’s further proven by a combined 111 free throws attempted in those contests. That 55.5 free throw attempts per game average is an extremely high number no matter how you cut it. The teams also combined for 62 turnovers during those meetings, and it often lead to outnumbered offensive transition opportunities.
2017 NCAA Tournament Results
South Carolina and Florida have each gone 3-0 SU&ATS in this March Madness gala event. The Gamecocks have won all 3 of their games while being installed as an underdog. Conversely, all of Florida’s covers have come as a favorite. South Carolina has averaged a robust 83.7 points scored per contest during their first 3 games of the tournament, and that’s a tad more than 10-points above their season average. Florida is averaging a very respectable 75.0 points scored per outing in their 3 tournament games.
College Basketball Betting Angle
South Carolina held Baylor to a mere 22 points in the first half during Friday’s 70-50 Gamecocks win. South Carolina is allowing 64.8 points per game this season, and Florida is giving up 66.2 points per contest. The combination of this data sets up a very profitable college basketball betting angle pertaining to the total, and one that played a vital role in making one of my March Madness picks.
Any neutral court team (South Carolina) with a total of 130.0 to 139.5, and they allowed 25 points or less in the first half of their previous game, and both teams are allowing between 63 to 67 points per contest, resulted in those games going 25-5 (83.3%) over the total during the past 5 seasons. The average total in those 30 contests was 134.8, and there was a combined 144.2 points scored per game. Furthermore, Sunday will be the 9th time in which this precise situation has come up during the past 3 seasons, and each of those other 8 games went over the total.