Top Seed Florida vs. Pittsburgh Odds
After failing to cover a big spread in their first game of the NCAA Tournament the Florida Gators will return to the hardwood on Saturday in a Round of 32 matchup against the Pittsburgh Panthers. Florida is now 27-0 SU in its past 27 games as a favorite.
The No. 1 Gators topped Albany 67-55 in the Round of 64 but didn't cover the 21.5-point spread at the sportsbooks in the contest. The No. 9 Panthers are coming off an easy 77-48 win over No. 8 Colorado on Thursday.
Florida has won 27 straight games as favorites and has won and covered three straight Round 2 games. However, a weird angle - 9 seeds covered four in a row vs 1 seeds so buyer beware to Gator fans.
Odds Shark computer pick - 72.6-70.7 Gators
Florida battles the Panthers, currently sitting with a 26-9 mark (13-15-4 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 10-20-1 for the Gators and 19-13 for the Panthers.
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Gators at No. 7 and the Panthers at No. 35 heading into this contest.
Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 77-48 result against Colorado on March 20. They covered in that game as a 6.5-point favorite. Pittsburgh cruised to victory on Thursday, running Colorado out of the gym and running up a 77-48 score at Amway Center.
In their last action, Florida was a 67-55 winner at home against Albany. They failed to cover the 21.5-point spread as favorites. Florida got 16 points from Casey Prather en route to a 67-55 victory over Albany on Thursday at Amway Center.
How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Florida's No. 111-rated squad against Pittsburgh's No. 84-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Florida rates No. 94 in the country with 6.74 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 208 nationally with 5.11 per match.
A few Panthers at Gators trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 5-8-2 ATS in its last 15 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games
Florida is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Florida's last 6 games