Gators vs. Wolverines Prediction
The second-seeded Michigan Wolverines eased to a first round win in the NCAA Tournament, but will have a tougher task today against the 10th-seeded Florida Gators. Will Michigan roll to another victory this evening?
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Wells Fargo Arena at 5:15PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Wolverines are a 6.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 123 points. As of Saturday morning, 51 percent of public bets are being placed on Michigan. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.
Gators hold off late rally
Florida saw a big lead evaporate in the second half Thusrday night in its NCAA Tournament first round game versus Nevada, but rebounded to post a 70-61 victory. The Gators (20-15) led 37-28 at halftime and extended that advantage to 51-33 in the second half before the Wolf Pack stormed back. Florida shot 24-of-53 from the floor, 5-of-18 from 3-point range plus 17-of-22 at the free throw line. Kevarrius Hayes paced the Gators with 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting plus 6-of-8 at the free throw line. He also registered three rebounds and three blocked shots. Jalen Hudson tallied 15 points and three boards. Keyontae Johnson had 10 points, 10 caroms, three steals and two assists. Kevaughn Allen added 10 points and two assists.
Wolverines bottle up Grizzlies
Michigan rolled to a 74-55 victory over Montana Thursday night, the second straight season it defeated the Grizzlies in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines led 34-21 at halftime en route to the win. Michigan shot 25-of-51 from the floor, 5-of-17 from 3-point distance plus 19-of-24 at the free throw line. Charles Matthews paced the Wolverines with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting including 1-of-3 from 3-point distance plus 5-of-6 at the charity stripe. He also pulled down 10 rebounds. Ignas Brazdeikis tallied 14 points and seven boards. Jon Teske accounted for 11 points, nine caroms and two steals. Jordan Poole added 10 points and two assists.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Gators are 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall. Florida is 6-0 ATS in its last six neutral site games.
The Wolverines are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall. Michigan is 1-4-1 ATS in its last six games versus the SEC.
Both teams are very strong defensively, but I trust Michigan to be able to solve the opposing defense in this one. I can't say the same for Florida as its offense can go into deep lulls. The Gators have played well since the start of the SEC Tournament, but also ended the regular season with three straight losses. The best team Florida has played this season, Kentucky, sent it to losses by 11 and nine points. Michigan is just as good of an opponent if not better. Side with the Wolverines in this one.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: MICHIGAN WOLVERINES -6.5