UCLA Bruins vs Florida Gators Free NCAA Basketball Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 3/24/2014
Thursday, March 27, 9:45 PM on CBS
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Opening Lines & Odds - Florida -4.5 -- Over/Under: 137
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Florida brings their 28 game win streak into Memphis as coach Billy Donovan looks to make the Elite 8 for the fourth straight year. 4th seed UCLA has bracket busting plans of their own though after two impressive games to open the tournament.
Florida opened the tourney with a closer than expected 67-55 win over Albany, failing to cover the -21.5 spread though. The Gators then dismantled Pitt 61-45 to easily beat the -5.5 line. 7 players have scored in double figures so far for Florida with Scotty Wilbekin's 15.5ppg leading the way.
UCLA went 2-0 ATS to open up their tournament run in dominant fashion. Tulsa was thrown by the wayside in a 76-59 victory that covered the -8 line. Then as 9 point favorites the Bruins ended Stephen F. Austin's Cinderella wishes 77-60. Jordan Adams is making a stake for the all-tournament team by averaging 20.0ppg in the opening games. Norman Powell provides a nice second option with a 15.5 scoring average.
As expected Florida has opened up as -4.5 favorites. Neither team had to travel very far in their first round games with UCLA playing in San Diego and the Gators playing in Orlando so travel fatigue shouldn't be too much of a factor. On paper the Bruins actually hold a statistical edge in every major category except team defense over the nation's #1 team. The FedEx Forum crowd should be in for a good one in this 9:45 ET battle on Thursday night.
UCLA is 22-9-0 ATS this season
UCLA is 9-18-0 against the over/under this season
Florida is 16-13-3 ATS this season
Florida is 9-17-1 against the over/under this season
Injuries to Watch
03/19/14 F Wanaah Bail Knee out indefinitely
12/21/13 F Damontre Harris Dismissed out for season
12/03/13 G Eli Carter Leg redshirt
11/20/13 G Dillon Graham Hip out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Florida
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