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NCAA Free Point Spread Pick: Pittsburgh Panthers versus Florida Gators

Time: 12:15 PM EST Saturday March 22, 2014, CBS

Location: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida

The 9th seed Pittsburgh Panthers face the top seed Florida Gators in the 3rd round of the South Region.

In their last games: Pittsburgh beat Colorado 77-48 and Florida beat Albany 67-55.

In their win over Colorado Pittsburgh shot over 50% from the floor and played great defense holding the Buffaloes to a FG% of 35.7%.

Florida was solid on both ends of the floor in their win over Albany shooting 51% from the floor and holding the Great Danes to 39.2% shooting.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

Pittsburgh is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 NCAA Tournament games and Florida is 18-8 ATS.

Florida has the nation’s 3rd ranked defense only giving up an average of 57.9 points per game.

Florida comes into this game on a 27-game winning streak.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: Florida -5.5
Total Line: 124
Money Line: Panthers +190 / Gators -230

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Pittsburgh Panthers: 26-9 SU 13-17-2 ATS
Florida Gators: 33-2 SU 16-14-1 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• PITT is 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
• PITT is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
• PITT has an Over record of 5-2 in their last 7 games.
• FLA is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
• FLA is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
• FLA has an Under record of 5-2 in their last 7 non-conference games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Pittsburgh Panthers: 88.01
Florida Gators: 91.95

Key Player Injuries

PANTHERS
[F] 01/12/2014 – Durand Johnson out for season ( Knee )

GATORS
[F] 12/21/2013 – Damontre Harris out for season ( Dismissed )
[G] 12/03/2013 – Eli Carter redshirt ( Leg )
[G] 11/20/2013 – Dillon Graham out for season ( Hip )
[G] 03/20/2014 – Kasey Hill “?” Thursday vs. Albany NY ( Toe )

Point Spread Pick:

We still haven’t seen Kentucky or Tennessee play in the tournament to get a true gauge of the SEC, but Florida certainly didn’t impress against Albany. Pittsburgh crushed a weak Colorado team, but did look very good against Atlantic Coast conference foes Virginia and North Carolina in their previous two. They should give the Gators all they can handle in Saturday’s match-up.
Take the Pittsburgh Panthers +5.5.

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