NCAA Tournament Odds: Florida vs. NWSU
No. 3 seed Florida will hit the hardcourt as a huge favorite on the betting odds against No. 14 seed Northwestern State on Friday night, with the Gators hoping to improve their recent ATS record.
Florida is just 2-7 ATS in its past nine games, and 4-10 in its past 14 games as chalk. The UNDER is 8-1 in the past nine Gators' games.
The Demons covered the spread as 5-point underdogs their last time out, winning outright by a score of 68-66 over Stephen F. Austin.
The Gators sit at 26-7 (16-14 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Demons are currently 23-8 (1-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Florida is 12-16 OU, and Northwestern State is 1-1-1 OU.
The visitors opened as 20.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 6-rated Gators and the No. 72-ranked Demons, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 87-79 result in favor of the Gators.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Demons rank No. 13 in NCAA Division 1 with 39.3 per game. That compares with Florida’s No. 159 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Florida is college basketball's No. 15-ranked team at 8.4 per game, while the Demons rate No. 181 with 6 per game.
Defensively, Northwestern State features the nation's No. 312-rated defense on the road, allowing 75.8 points per game. Florida, meanwhile, comes in at No. 93 nationally in scoring at home.
Northwestern State was a 68-66 winner in its last match on the road against Stephen F. Austin. They covered the 5-point spread as underdogs. The Demons grabbed a 68-66 win over the Lumberjacks on Saturday, behind a 19-point effort from Shamir Davis at Merrell Center.
Florida lost its last outing, a 66-63 result against Mississippi on March 17. They failed to cover in that game as a 11.5-point favorite. Florida got 18 points from Mike Rosario but lost anyway, 66-63, to Mississippi on Sunday at Bridgestone Arena.
Florida Gators Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
After playing Mississippi are 8-2
After a loss are 8-2
A few Demons at Gators trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Florida's last 9 games
Florida is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games
Florida is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games