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College Basketball Picks: Florida Gators vs. Dayton Flyers

Jeff GrantContributor IMarch 28, 2014

College Basketball Picks: Florida Gators vs. Dayton Flyers

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    The Florida Gators have put together a program-record 29-game winning streak, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks Saturday, as they prepare to take on the Dayton Flyers at the FedExForum.

    Sports bettors will find that the Gators are 10-point favorites in the NCAA basketball odds, with the betting total sitting at 133 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this Elite Eight matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.

Florida Gators

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    The Florida Gators have won 34 of 45 NCAA tournament games during the Billy Donovan era, which includes a 79-68 victory over the UCLA Bruins as 4.5-point favorites Thursday.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Gators are 4-2 straight up and 3-3 against the spread as neutral court favorites of 9.5 to 12 points.

Dayton Flyers

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    The Dayton Flyers have won three straight games as an underdog to reach this stage, including a 82-72 victory over the Stanford Cardinal when getting 3.5 points Thursday.

    College basketball handicappers will find that the Flyers have won their last eight meetings with teams hailing from the Southeastern Conference.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Florida Gators as one of their Elite Eight picks, as they've gone 20-8 against the spread in their last 28 NCAA tournament games.

    Pick: Florida Gators (-10)

     

    Gambling stats courtesy of SBR Forum

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