Virginia vs. Florida Prediction
Will Florida advance to the Sweet 16 with a win over Virginia tonight at 8:40PM ET in the second round of the tournament?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Gators are now 2-point favorites versus the Cavaliers after opening as a 1.5-pooint favorite. As for the total, the number currently sits at 126, down from the opening number of 127.5.
Virginia reached the second-round of the NCAA tournament with a 76-71 win over UNC-Wilmington on Thursday afternoon. The Cavaliers failed to cover as a 7.5-point favorite and are now 0-2 against the spread over their last two games. That said, they're still 4-2 against the number over their last six contests.
Florida lost back-to-back games entering the NCAA tournament but breezed past first-round opponent East Tennessee State 80-65 on Thursday. The Gators were up only one point at halftime but came out in the second half and dominated a sloppy Buccaneers squad. Florida easily covered as a 10-point favorite in the game.
OUR PREDICTION: The Gators are a perfect 4-0 against the spread in their last four non-conference games, have covered in five of their last six neutral site games and are 9-2 against the number in their last 11 games as a favorite of between 0.5 and 6.5 points. They've also been a great play in the NCAA tournament, covering in 21 of their last 31 tournament games, going 19-9 at the betting window in their last 28 tournament games when they're favored, and covering in 10 of their last 13 tournament games when favored between 0.5 and 6.5 points.
MARCH MADNESS PREDICTION: FLORIDA GATORS -2