Pick Details

Pittsburgh vs. Florida - March 22, 2014 - 12:15 PM

Pick: Your pick will be graded at bookmaker @ -5 -110 Florida

Expert:Ben Burns

Evaluation:Win (900) - Final Score PITT 45 at FLA 61

Star Rating:9.0

Reason For Pick:

I’m playing on FLORIDA. The Panthers were the more impressive team in the first round. They crushed Colorado while the Gators had some trouble with Albany. I believe that result will provide the Gators with the “wake up call” that they needed though and I expect an entirely different type of performance on Saturday.

I agree with Gators’ guard Scottie Wilbekin who had this to say: ''I think we'll be ready. I think we've got this game out of our system and we're ready to move forward and ready to play like we know we can.’’

Even with the win over Colorado, the Panthers are still just 9-6 SU their last 15 games. While they played some teams tough, they were only 0-2-1 ATS (0-3 SU) when listed as underdogs.

Note that the Panthers, 2-15 all-time against #1 teams, are also only 1-4 against ranked teams this season. Additionally, note that they were only 2-5-1 ATS when playing a game with an O/U line in the 120s. Going back a little further finds them at 1-4 SU/ATS their last five when playing a neutral court games with an O/U line in the 120s.

I expect the Panthers, who haven’t dealt with many “pressing teams” this season to have some trouble with the Gators’ full-court attack. The Gators haven’t tasted defeat since early December and I look for them to prove too much for the Panthers to handle. 9* breakfast club