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Florida vs. Michigan - 3/23/19 NCAA March Madness Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida at Michigan
Date & Time Saturday March 23, 2019, 5:15 PM (EDT)
Wells Fargo Arena
Des Moines, Iowa
The Line
Michigan Wolverines -6.5 O/U: 118.5
TV Channel
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Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Gators and the Michigan Wolverines will meet up on the college basketball circuit Saturday in NCAA Tournament Second Round action.

Florida currently sits at 20-15 overall on the year. The Gators’ SEC Tournament run was stopped short by Auburn, but they put up a nice 70-61 win over Nevada in the First Round of the national tournament.

In the win over the Wolf Pack, Florida’s top scorer was Kevarrius Hayes with 16 points and three rebounds. Keyontae Johnson added a double-double for the Gators in that one with 10 points, 10 rebounds and two assists.

Over on the Michigan side, they’re 29-6 overall this season. After dropping 65-60 to Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament, the Wolverines took out Montana in the First Round Thursday.

In the win over the Grizzlies, Michigan’s Charles Matthews led the way on 22 points and 10 rebounds. Zavier Simpson added 10 assists and seven rebounds for the Wolverines in that game as well.

The Gators are 4-0 ATS in their last four after an ATS win and 5-0 ATS in their last five overall. Florida is also 6-0 ATS in their last six neutral-site games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven after a straight-up win.

Meanwhile, the Wolverines are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five NCAA Tournament games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven overall. Michigan is 41-19-4 ATS in their last 64 neutral-site games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six versus the SEC.

Florida kicked off the tournament with a nice win over a good Nevada team, and jumped right out front in the first half. It’s almost enough to make you forget about how “blah” and uninspiring the Gators were during conference play toward the end of the season. But I digress.

In any case, Michigan certainly has the upper hand here, and they shouldn’t have many issues keeping this a plodding, low-scoring affair. I like the over here (even for these two teams, that’s a fairly low number) and the seven-point line seems just thin enough that I think the Wolverines can cover up.

Michigan Wolverines -6.5

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