Connecticut Huskies vs. Florida Gators Pick-Odds-Prediction 4/5/14Ryan's Free College Basketball Pick Against the Spread
Florida and Connecticut play in the Final Four on Saturday.
The Connecticut Huskies and the Florida Gators meet in the Final Four in Arlington, Texas on Saturday night.
The Connecticut Huskies (30-8) defeated the Michigan State Spartans 60-54 last Sunday to advance to the Final Four on Saturday. On the season, Shabazz Napier leads the Huskies in almost every statistical category, averaging 17.4 points and 4.9 assists, and 5.9 rebounds per game, which are all team-highs. DeAndre Daniels is averaging a second-best 12.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for the Huskies. Ryan Boatright is averaging 11.9 points per game along with 3.5 assists and rebounds per game. UConn is averaging 71.9 points per game while shooting 44.8% from the field this season. The Huskies are a decent rebounding team, averaging 35.4 boards per game. Defensively, UConn ranks 38th in points allowed this season, allowing 63.7 points per game on average this season. The Huskies are a tough team to go against near the basket, averaging 6.2 blocks per game as a team, which ranks 8th in the country. UConn has won nine of their last eleven, losing only to Louisville twice in the last month.
The Florida Gators (36-2) beat the Dayton Flyers 62-52 on Saturday to advance to the Final Four this weekend. . Florida is led by Scottie Wilbekin, the SEC player of the year, who scored 23 points and dished out 3 assists in the win over the Flyers. Wilbekin was coming off an impressive all-around game against Pittsburgh in the 3rd round when he scored 13 of his 21 points in the second half and he followed that up with a solid game against UCLA in the Sweet 16. The Gators, who rank second in the nation in defensive efficiency and 3rd in points allowed, have held their first four tournament opponents to an average of 55 points. The Gators gave up 68 points to the Bruins in the Sweet 16, but they took advantage of their frontcourt with forward Will Yeguete and SEC defensive player of the year Patric Young leading the way and out rebounding UCLA 40-30. The Gators have won 30 straight games and look like a championship team right now.
The Florida Gators are on a mission and I believe they will get the job done on Saturday evening.UConn has made a nice run to get this far, but this will be the end for the Huskies. However, I think the experience of Boatright and Napier will keep UConn in the game down to the end. I’m going to side with the Huskies to cover the spread in what should be a great game. Check back on game day, I may change this pick by then after I dig deeper into the matchups.