Our NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 best betting pick from Thursday comes from the game between the Marquette Golden Eagles out of the Big East conference and the Florida Gators from the SEC conference. The Golden Eagles and Gators will tip off from Phoenix Arizona at 10:17PM Eastern Time and its TBS providing the live national television broadcast. The college basketball pick is playing on the Marquette Golden Eagles -2 points against the Florida Gators. The betting odds from this NCAA Tournament selection are brought to you by Top Bet sportsbook.
The pointspread from this NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 game opened with the Marquette Golden Eagles opening as a -1 ½ point betting favorite with an over under of 146 points. Early money from NCAA bettors landed on the Big East conference club as the Marquette Golden Eagles are now favored by -2 points. Over under players will find movement upwards as the game is now totaled at 146 ½ points. If you bet the favored Marquette Golden Eagles on the money line your return will be -130 odds. If you believe the SEC conference underdog Florida Gators can capture the outright underdog victory your return is +120 odds for your money line wager.
This Marquette Golden Eagles team is playing the much better defense on the court right now as they surrender a measly 37.5% from the floor while the Gators are allowing opponents 42.6% shooting. What we like about Marquette is their ability to score and defend. They will be ready with plenty of study days to defend the Gators ability to shoot the three point shots. Marquette has been very good in three point shooting defense allowing their past five opponents just 25% shooting from beyond the arc. With Marquette’s good three point shooting defense we will find the Golden Eagles will capture long rebounds which will lead to easy transitions points on the offensive end of the court behind the teams speed and athletic ability. Florida is just too three point shooting dependent to back here as the venue changes to a different set of rims as the West regional lands at Phoenix Arizona tonight.
Florida caught a fortunate break in the NCAA Tournament as they drew Virginia and Norfolk St in their first two games. Virginia was an offensively challenged team that was moving down in the wrong direction and simply can’t score. Norfolk St suffered the major letdown following their huge upset win against the Duke Blue Devils in the second round. Norfolk St could not drop a pea into the ocean in their loss to the Gators in the Round of 32. Florida played in a very weak SEC conference this season and had an 11-7 record this season which is not very impressive. Scheduling luck got Florida into the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and they will advance no further. Marquette is clearly the better team with more NBA talent and well tested battling through the vigor’s of the Big East conference play. Florida won’t rise to the tougher competition here so bet Marquette with the best pick for sportsbook betting.