March Madness Pick: Pittsburgh vs Florida


No. 9 Pittsburgh Panthers vs. No. 1 Florida Gators

Date/Time: March 22, 2014, 12:15 p.m. EST


College Basketball Betting Odds from WagerWeb

Odds: Florida -5.5

Total: 124

If the first game of the tournament is any indication of future success in the tournament, the Pitt Panthers could be a very dangerous team to watch when they take on the Florida Gators. The Panthers demolished their first opponent in the Colorado Buffaloes and the game was never in doubt. Now the Panthers will bring that same type of intensity into the game against the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament.

Game Overview:

The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball odds for this game opened up with the Gators listed as (-5) point favorites. That is a small number considering that the Gators are on a very impressive win streak.

The Panthers rolled to an easy victory, but they were not alone as the Gators had some equally stunning success against Albany. The Albany Great Danes started off hot from the field, and unlike most of Florida’s SEC opponents, they weren’t flustered by the Gators’ press or smothered by their half court defense. But Florida went on a second-half run sparked by some great plays by Patric Youngk, and the Gators advanced to the Round of 32 with a 67-55 win. Florida will face No. 9 seed Pittsburgh in a matchup that looks much closer than the teams’ seeds would suggest. This will be a big matchup between two very good teams with great personnel on both ends of the floor.

The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball betting trends for this game reveal that both teams have several positive wagering angles coming into this game. The Panthers are 3-0-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 4 games when playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games when playing against a team with a winning straight up record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU win of more than 20 points. The Gators are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games when they take to the court against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 18-8 ATS in their last 26 NCAA Tournament games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games when they tip off against a team that currently platys in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The big difference in this game will be the coaching as Billy Donovan gives the Gators the edge. The Panthers are playing great basketball, but the Gators are too good and will pull it out in the end. Florida advances with a win and keeps their win streak alive.

Free Pick: Florida Gators -5

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Cole Ryan

Cole started off as a part time handicapper and a full time computer programmer. After developing a computer program that consistently provided winners in NFL, NBA, MLB, and college sports Cole went into full time handicapping. The computer program and his knack for winners made him a rising star in the handicapping world. His complex computer program based on algorithms and analytical calculations have led to a 60% ATS rate.

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