ETSU Vs Florida Line & Final Score PredictionNoah Williams
The fourth-seeded Florida Gators will look to get back on track after stumbling down the stretch while avoid the upset at the hands of one of the hottest teams in the 2017 NCAA Tournament when they take on the 13th-seeded East Tennessee Buccaneers in their East Region opening round matchup on Thursday.
Now, let’s find out where the value in this intriguing matchup lies.
How To Bet The East Tennessee Buccaneers Vs Florida Gators Line & Final Score Prediction
The Gators and Buccaneers will square off on Thursday, March 16 at 3:10 PM ET live from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida with this matchup airing on TruTV. Florida is a 10.5-point duble-digit favorite.
East Tennessee (27-7) vs. Florida (24-8)
When: Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 3:10 PM ET
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Odds: Florida -10.5
Why Bet The East Tennessee Buccaneers Odds at +10.5
East Tennessee (17-13-1 ATS) has won three straight games and nine of their last 10 games and come into the NCAA tournament off a 79-74 win over NC-Greensboro in the Southern Conference title game on March 6. The Buccaneers average an impressive 79.9 points per game (41st) while draining a blistering 49.1 percent of their field goal attempts to rank a stellar 10th while also making 38.3 percent of their three-point attempts (45th). Defensively, East Tennessee allows 69.4 points per game (105th).
Why Bet The Florida Gators Odds at -10.5
Florida (17-13 ATS) lost three of their final four games, so the Gators will definitely be motivated. Florida lost to Kentucky on Feb. 25 and followed that up with a pair of losses against Vanderbilt to close out the regular season and open the SEC tournament on Friday.
The Gators average a healthy 78.9 points per game (63rd) and has been one of the best defensive teams in the country in limiting their opponents to just 66.6 points per game (49th) on 40.8 percent shooting (36th) and 30.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc (15th). Florida has a modest three, double-digit scorers on their roster including leading scorer KeVaughn Allen (13.9 ppg).
ETSU Vs Florida Pick & Final Score Prediction
59 percent of the betting public like East Tennessee to cover the spread and I do too, by getting the outright win over the Gators in a stunner! Just two points separate these two teams in offensive and defensive scoring differential, but that’s not why i really like the Buccaneers to win outright.
No, it is East Tennessee’s win over SEC resident Mississippi State in December and their four-point loss to Tennessee just over a week later that leads me to believe that Florida is in trouble in this contest.
East Tennessee may have just two double-digit scorers on the roster, but one is an NBA prospect in T.J. Cromer, a sweet-shooting guard tthat finished second in the Southern in scoring at 19.1 points per game.
East Tennessee has gone 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 non-conference games while Florida has gone 2-5 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite. I smell an upset brewing people.
My final score prediction is East Tennessee 69 Florida 67