Billy Donovan and the Florida Gators will take on his mentor Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals with a bid to the Final Four on the line. Please be sure to check out information on all spreads and lines for all sports by visiting Bovada sportsbook.
Florida came into the tournament having been consistently ranked all season and earned an at-large bid as a #7 seed. They shocked third seed Marquette in the last round by a score of 68-58 to advance to the Elite 8. In their three wins thus far in the tournament the Gators have looked very impressive with blowout wins over Virginia and Norfolk State and vs. Marquette where they were really in control throughout. Although the offense for the Gators did not shoot at a high percentage vs. Marquette it did not matter as much because their defense was on point. They held the Golden Eagles to just 30.8% shooting. Florida was led by freshman guard Bradley Beal who scored 21 in the victory. Fellow guard Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker each chipped in with 11.
The Louisville Cardinals come into this Elite 8 matchup after an upset of #1 seed Michigan St. in the last round. They actually totally outclassed the Spartans by a score of 57-44 and really handled the Big Ten Champions. Louisville had other tourney wins vs. Davidson in the first round and squeaker vs, New Mexico in the round of 32. The Louisville defense has been their calling card all season and it has come up big for them this far in the tournament as well. They held Michigan St. to an extremely low 28.6% shooting from the field. They also made the Spartans commit 15 turnovers on the night which is very unusual for a team like the Spartans. Chane Behanan led Louisville with 15 points while Russ Smith had 11 off the bench.
The Gators have probably been the more impressive of the two in the tournament as they have manhandled 3 quality opponents. However, Louisville comes in as winners of 7 straight and their suffocating defense is hard to ignore right now. We really like the Cardinals in this one because of that fact and before betting check the sports odds.