E Tennessee St vs. Florida Prediction
Is East Tennessee State a good bet to cover as a double-digit underdog versus Florida at 3:10PM ET in the first-round of the NCAA tournament?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Gators are 10.5-point favorites versus the Buccaneers after opening as an 11.5-point favorite. As for the total, the number hit the board at 143.5 and has been bet up to 147.5.
The Buccaneers finished the regular season on a 9-1 tear over their last 10 games and wrapped up their year with a 27-7 record overall. They were pretty good at the betting window as well, going 17-13 against the spread in their lined games this year, and 5-4-1 against the number over their last 10 games.
The Gators won seven of their last 10 games to finish their 2016-17 season with a 24-8 record. They were 17-13 against the number in their last lined games this season and went 5-5 against the spread in their final 10 games of the year.
OUR PREDICTION: The Buccaneers are 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six neutral site games, are 11-5 against the number in their last 16 non-conference games and are 3-1-1 at the betting window in their last five games versus an opponent with a winning record. The Gators, meanwhile, are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven NCAA tournament games, all of which when they were favored, so grab the points with a dangerous East Tennessee State team.
MARCH MADNESS PREDICTION: EAST TENNESSEE STATE BUCCANEERS +10.5