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Posted by Washington Tucker on 2/10/2014 5:31:29 AM

Game 1: Florida Gators vs. Louisville Cardinals – Saturday, March 24

The college basketball betting experts who follow the Big East Conference know that Louisville is a very different team at this point in the season. The Cardinals were really sluggish heading into the Big East Conference Tournament in New York on March 7, and in their second-round win over Seton Hall, they looked entirely unconvincing. However, in the quarterfinals the very next day, Louisville flew up and down the court against Marquette, stifling the Golden Eagles in an 84-71 victory that breathed fresh oxygen into the Cardinals’ competitive lungs.

Louisville big man Gorgui Dieng is still a very unpolished offensive player, but his defense and rebounding have been truly spectacular the past two weeks. Dieng’s defense throttled Davidson in Louisville’s round of 64 win in the NCAA tournament two Thursdays ago, and Dieng was even better last Saturday against New Mexico. He stopped UNM’s star scorer, Drew Gordon, two feet from the basket with the Cardinals clinging to a one-possession lead late in regulation.

That play gave Louisville just enough leverage to survive the Lobos’ comeback attempt and advance to the Sweet 16. However, Dieng was saving his best for the second week of the NCAA tournament. Dieng owned the paint against the top-seeded Michigan State Spartans, swatting away seven shots and altering many others in a convincing 57-44 Louisville win. The Cardinals are not the mediocre squad they in fact were in late February. Moreover, they’re now one win away from the Final Four, an idea that would have seemed absolutely ludicrous in the first week of March.

Louisville looked like a team that would lose its first game in the NCAA tournament. Now, here are the Cardinals, flourishing and standing on the doorstep of greatness. However, they’re going to have their work cut out for them against the Florida Gators. Florida, unlike Michigan State, is a team with multiple perimeter shooters. The Gators pose a different kind of challenge for Louisville and will make it hard for the Cardinals to play the same way they did against Michigan State. As long as Florida hits a decent amount of three-point shots, the Gators have the advantage. Florida will have to go really cold from the perimeter for Louisville to prevail.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Florida

Game 2: Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Syracuse Orange – Saturday, March 24

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, it’s worth noting that one trend is going to give way in Boston, Massachusetts. As sports betting experts are very much aware of, Ohio State head coach Thad Matta has never beaten a higher-seeded team in the NCAA tournament. However, on the other side of the ledger, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has never made his way to the Final Four as a number one seed.

In the East Regional final, one of those albatrosses is going to be removed from the back of a high-profile head coach. The matchup here clearly favors Ohio State. The Buckeyes have more size, length and power since Syracuse will be without center Fab Melo, who has been removed from the entirety of the NCAA tournament due to eligibility issues connected to academic performance. This is the matchup in which Syracuse’s limitations should definitely come back to haunt the Orange. Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger should feast in the paint, as should teammate DeShaun Thomas. It would be highly surprising if the Buckeyes failed to beat the Orange on Saturday.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Ohio State



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