Virginia Tech at Florida - 3/19/21 NCAA Tournament College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Florida Gators (14-9) vs Virginia Tech Hokies (15-6)
Game Info: Friday, March 19, 2021 at 12:15 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
Betting Odds: Florida Gators -1 -- Over/Under: 137.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Virginia Tech Hokies and Florida Gators meet Saturday in the college basketball NCAA Tournament First Round at the Hinkle Fieldhouse.
The Virginia Tech Hokies look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Virginia Tech Hokies are averaging 72.1 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 64.8 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Keve Aluma is averaging 15.6 points and eight rebounds while Tyrece Radford is averaging 11.9 points and 2.1 assists. Nahiem Alleyne is the third double-digit scorer and Justyn Mutts is dishing 2.1 assists. The Virginia Tech Hokies are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 70.3 percent from the free throw line. The Virginia Tech Hokies are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.5 rebounds per game.
The Florida Gators look for a win after losing three of their last four games. The Florida Gators are averaging 74.6 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 69.8 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Tre Mann is averaging 16 points and 5.7 rebounds while Colin Castleton is averaging 12 points and 5.9 rebounds. Tyree Appleby is the third double-digit scorer and Noah Locke is grabbing 2.3 rebounds. The Florida Gators are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.3 percent from the free throw line. The Florida Gators are allowing 30.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.6 rebounds per game.
The Hokies are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games as an underdog and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Gators are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The under is 7-3 in Hokies last 10 overall. The under is 7-1-1 in Gators last 9 overall.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are probably the more balanced team and they can be dangerous if those shots are falling from the outside. However, the Florida Gators are the better coached team, have improved greatly on the offensive side over the last month or so, and they'll have the best player in this contest in Mann. I'll take my chances with the Gators in this toss up contest.