Florida (24-8) vs. East Tennessee State (27-7) Prediction & Game Preview
NCAA Tournament: Florida vs. East Tennessee State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Thursday, March 16
Game Time: 3:10 ET
Venue: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
All You Really Need To Know About Florida
(SEC) RPI: 10, 4 seed
The Gators had problems with Vanderbilt and lost to Kentucky on the road, but they got past a rocky start with a strong February – highlighted by a win over the Cats. However, they’re flawed, and they fattened up late on a slew of easy teams – masked a bit by that win over UK.
They don’t pass well and they’re just okay from three, and their interior presence suffers injury issues up front. However, they force a ton of turnovers and mistakes. The defense might be just good enough to make a good run to the second weekend – but they can’t lose on the glass.
All You Really Need To Know About East Tennessee State
(Southern) RPI: 55, 13 seed
The Buccaneers won their regular season and tournament championships by making just about everything. One of the nation’s leaders in field goal percentage, they have a killer up front in the abtly-named Tevin Glass – who eats up every rebound – to help out the rest of the Buc team that owns the boards and dominates on the inside.
They can hit from the outside, too, connecting on an impressive 38% from three. Active defensively, they come up with a ton of steals, move the ball around well, and do just about everything right. The big concern? An early 75-61 loss to Dayton.
What’s Going To Happen
There’s no need to go overboard, but East Tennessee might be the exact wrong team for Florida right now. The Gators are potentially vulnerable on the inside against a team with this kind of pluck, and they don’t move the ball well enough to overcome all the big plays the Buccaneer defense makes.
ETSU won’t have quite enough pull this off, but it’s going to be really, really annoying, even though it’ll be a Florida home game in Orlando. It’ll take a while for the Gators to put this away.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Florida 77, East Tennessee State 70
Line: Florida -10.5
ATS Confidence: 3
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