From the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight on Saturday here at Sportsbook Room we release a college basketball top betting pick from the game between the Florida Gators and Louisville Cardinals from the West region final. The Gators and Cardinals will tip off from Phoenix Arizona at 4:30PM Eastern Time and its CBS with the live national television broadcast. With our college basketball best bet pick today we will play on the Louisville Cardinals +1 point against the Florida Gators. The betting odds from the Gators and Cardinals pick have been used from Top Bet sportsbook.
The betting odds from this NCAA Tournament regional final opened at a pick with an over under of 131 points. Money has shown early from the college basketball betting public on the side of the SEC conference club as the Florida Gators are now favored by -1 point. The over under has moved in this game up a notch to a current total of 131 ½ points. A money line bet on the favored Florida Gators will return -120 odds. If you believe that the underdog from the Big East conference the Louisville Cardinals can win this Elite 8 game on Saturday straight up and make it to the Final Four your return is +100 odds for your money line wager.
The Louisville Cardinals is by far the better defensive team in this matchup as the club allows just 37.7% shooting and 30% from the three point line. You have to respect this Cardinal team the Big East conference tournament champion as their defensive form has improved off those seasonal numbers as over their past five games they have held opponents to just 51 points and 35.8% shooting with just 20.2% coming from the three point line. They beat a very good New Mexico team in the Round of 32 and on Thursday put the defensive clamps over Big Ten conference tournament champions the Michigan St Spartans by 13 points. Louisville has beaten three conference champions in their three games in the NCAA Tournament and the charge has been led by their suffocating defense.
The Florida Gators have gotten huge breaks in this NCAA Tournament. They drew a bad Virginia team in the second round. The Cavaliers are a bad offensive team that sputtered down the stretch. Then in the third round instead of facing Missouri as everyone expected it was Norfolk St who came off a letdown with their huge upset win that played Florida. We saw Marquette face Florida and it was a bad shooting night for the Golden Eagles. The bad shooting really wasn’t because of Florida’s defense. Marquette missed easy shots all night as the Gators were giving up good looks and the Golden Eagles simply couldn’t throw a pea into the ocean that night. We did see Florida struggle from the field against a good defense team in the Sweet 16 and got the fortunate win. Louisville has peaked at the right time and head coach Rick Pitino did say during the second half of his season that his Cardinals had a serious run in them. Bet Louisville today at the online sports books.