SC Vs Florida Elite 8 Line & Betting TipsJosh Bailey
The East Region became an all-SEC affair after South Carolina pummeled Baylor 70 to 50, and Florida beat Wisconsin 84 to 83 via a last second shot in overtime. The battle between the Gamecocks and the Gators takes place on Sunday, March 26. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:20 pm ET from Madison Square Garden in New York, NY.
South Carolina has gone 3 and 0 straight up and against the spread in the NCAA Tournament. Florida has gone 3 and 0 straight up. The Gators pushed against Wisconsin after going 2-0 ATS in their first 2 NCAA Tournament games.
South Carolina Gamecocks Vs Florida Gators Line & Betting Tips
Bet South Carolina +3.5 Because…
The Gamecocks’ defense has been spectacular during March Madness. South Carolina’s interior defense dominated the Baylor Bears. Baylor shot a ridiculously bad 30.4% from the field. The Bears shot 23% from three. The Gamecocks’ D is so good that Duke shot only 41% from the field versus South Carolina in Round 2.
Bet Florida -3.5 Because…
Florida can break down South Carolina’s defense. The Gators proved it during the regular season when they beat the Gamecocks 81 to 66. Florida shot an incredible 49% from the field in that game.
South Carolina Vs Florida Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Yes, South Carolina has looked great in 3 straight NCAA Tournament games. But, the Gamecocks have a tough hill to climb this Sunday versus the Florida Gators. The reason I’m comfortable writing that is because Florida is aware of South Carolina’s defensive game plan.
The Gamecocks snuck up on Marquette, Duke, and Baylor. They won’t sneak up on Florida. In the first game between these two, Florida lost 53 to 57.
The Gators played an entirely different type of game versus South Carolina in their impressive 81 to 66 win on Feb. 21. It’s difficult to see what adjustments the defensive-minded Gamecocks can make to beat Florida in this Elite Eight battle.
I’m siding with the Gators. Florida knows how to beat the Gamecock’s D. I think Florida wins by around 10 points.