In what is expected to be a barn-burner, the 5th-seeded Virgina Cavaliers will face the 4th-seeded Florida Gators in second-round March Madness action. Both teams have the talent, coaching, and juice to make a NCAA hoops title run.
The NCAA basketball March Madness betting line favors the Gators by 1-point to beat the Cavaliers. Tip-off is this Saturday, March 18th at 8:40 PM ET on TNT from the Amway Center, in Orlando, Florida.
Virginia Cavaliers Vs Florida Gators Line & ATS Pick
What: No. 5 Virginia Cavaliers (23-10) vs No. 4 Florida Gators (25-8)
When: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Start Time: 8:40 PM ET
Where: Orlando, Florida
Stadium: Amway Center
Spread: Florida -1
Moneyline: Virginia -102 vs Florida -118
Game Total: 126
Stream: TNT Overtime
Listen: Virginia vs Florida
Why Bet The Virginia Cavaliers To Beat The Gators
The Virginia Cavaliers struggled to beat the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks with a 76-71 score in their first round March Madness game. They are 23-10 SU and 19-12 ATS. They averaged 66.6 points per game (312th) and gave up 55.6 points per game (1st) during the regular season.
The Cavaliers were led by senior guard London Perrantes (12.5 PPG & 3.8 APG) who scored 24 points by going 9-14 from the field and 2-4 from three-point land. Perrantes saw the help coming from the bench as Junior guard Marial Shayok (8.6 PPG & 2.4 RPG) scored 23 points, going 3-5 from beyond the arc.
"I just wanted to provide energy off the slow start," Shayok said. "Personally, I just didn’t want to go out like that, and I knew my teammates didn’t either. So I just wanted to come out and provide what I could on both ends and just bring a spark."
Virginia shoots 48.7% from the field (12th) and 40.5% from beyond the arc (10th). They averaged 32.9 rebounds per game (307th) and 14.3 assists (124th) during the regular season. Junior forward Isaiah Wilkins leads the team with 6.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game.
Why Bet The Florida Gators To Beat The Cavaliers
The Florida Gators March Madness opening round tilt versus Eastern Tennessee Buccaneers ended with an 80-65 win. They are 25-8 SU and 19-12 ATS. They average 78.3 points per game (Tied-63rd) and 66.6 points per game (49th).
Junior forward Devin Robinson (10.9 PPG & 6.1 RPG) scored 24 points against the Buccaneers after shooting 10-17 from the field. He added seven rebounds. Senior guard Kasey Hill (9.8 RPG & 4.6 APG) and Junior guard Chris Chiozza (6.9 PPG & 3.7 APG) added 14 points, each.
Florida shoots 42.2 from the field (261st) and 31.2% from three-point land (308th). They average 37.3 rebounds (94th) and 12.6 assists (237th) per game. Junior center John Egbunu leads the team with 6.6 rebounds and senior guard Kasey Hill is tops with 1.7 steals.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Cavaliers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Gators are 21-8 ATS in their last 29 games as a favorite.
Virginia Cavaliers vs Florida Gators Expert ATS Pick
Florida to cover the spread.