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UCLA Bruins vs. Florida Gators Pick-Odds-Predictions 3/27/14

UCLA Bruins (28-8) at Florida Gators (34-2)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 9:45 pm (FedExForum)

The Line: Florida Gators -4.5 -- Over/Under: 137 See the Latest Odds


The UCLA Bruins play the Florida Gators in the Sweet 16 on Thursday.

UCLA defeated Stephen F. Austin in the 3rd round of the tournament 77-60 last Sunday. On the season, the Bruins are led by Kyle Anderson; a 6-9 first-team All-Pac-12 selection who averages 14.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 6.3 assists. Guard Jordan Adams averages a team-high 17.4 points for the Bruins, who are averaging 81.5 points and 17.3 assists this season. Tony Parker is shooting 9-of-13 from the field in two tournament games for the Bruins, who have won five straight since a stunning 18-point loss to Washington State in the regular-season finale. Four days after snapping Stephen F. Austin’s 29-game winning streak by holding the Lumberjacks to 35.1 percent shooting, UCLA hopes to duplicate its defensive effort against the Gators. The Bruins have won seven of their last eight overall.

UCLA Bruins vs. Florida Gators Pick-Odds-Predictions 3/27/14

The Florida Gators defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers 61-45 to advance to the Sweet 16 on Thursday night. Florida is led by Scottie Wilbekin, the SEC player of the year, who is coming off an impressive all-around game against Pittsburgh when he scored 13 of his 21 points in the second half. The Gators, who rank second in the nation in defensive efficiency, returned to form against Pittsburgh after a lackluster 67-55 win over 16th-seeded Albany in the second round. If the Gators can slow down the Bruins, they figure to have an advantage in the frontcourt with forward Will Yeguete and SEC defensive player of the year Patric Young leading the way. Florida has not reached the 90-point mark once this season, while UCLA has scored at least 90 points in nine games. The Gators have won 28 straight games to reach the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year.

Both teams turned in strong defensive performances in the round of 32, with Florida posting a 61-45 win over Pittsburgh and UCLA cruising past Stephen F. Austin 77-60. I think Florida’s defense will prove to be the best Thursday night and it will propel the Gators to another win and cover.

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Florida -4.5

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