Florida snuck by a feisty 16-seed Albany to avoid becoming the first number one to lose in the opening round. Pitt shook their bad tournament rep and buried Colorado by 29. This one looks a lot tougher than it did a few days ago. The winner will face one of UCLA, VCU, Stephen F. Austin, and Tulsa.
Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Time: 12:15 PM EST
TV Channel: CBS
Location: Amway Center (Orlando, FL)
Announcers: Brian Anderson, Dan Bonner, Kristine Leahy
Opening Betting Line: Florida -6 (124.5) via Odds Shark
Prediction: Florida looks extremely vulnerable after a shaky outing against Albany, but this is still a team that ran through a power conference undefeated, while Pitt flirted with the bubble. Both teams play a similar pace, and are comfortable with games in the 60s. Ultimately, Florida has more weapons than Pitt, and should be able to match the Panthers trio of James Robinson, Lamar Patterson, and Talib Zanna with Scottie Wilbekin, Casey Prather, and Patric Young. After that, the Gators are deeper, and should have enough to win what could become a slug fest.