Florida cruised into the Sweet 16, covering the spread easily last week, but faces a much sterner challenge from Marquette here on the West Region betting menu.
The Gators are 8-2 ATS past 10 tournament games but they have lost 6 in a row as an underdog, a situation they are in at TopBet as of Tuesday.
Marquette meanwhile is 9-3-1 ATS in their past 13 games as a favorite and 8-2 ATS in their past 10 games overall.
The Golden Eagles currently sports a 27-7 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 17-12-2 ATS. The Gators are 25-10 and 15-15 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Golden Eagles produce a 19-12 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Gators have gone 18-12 against the number.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Golden Eagles sit at No. 21 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Gators sit at No. 56 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Gators will win this game 82-81.
How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Marquette's No. 87-rated squad against Florida's No. 113-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Marquette rates No. 216 in the country with 5.7 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 1 nationally with 9.8 per match.
Defensively, Florida features the nation's No. 212-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.2 points per game. Marquette, meanwhile, comes in at No. 32 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Florida, they were an 84-50 winner as they battled Norfolk State at home. They covered in the match as a 14-point favorite. The Gators blew out Norfolk State on Sunday, running up a 20+ point victory in an 84-50 win at CenturyLink Center.
Last time out for Marquette, they were a 62-53 winner as they battled Murray State at home. They covered in the match as a 5-point favorite. Marquette earned a 62-53 victory over Murray State on Saturday, getting 17 points from Darius Johnson-Odom at KFC Yum! Center.