Virginia Tech entered the NCAA Tournament in a commanding presence, claiming third seed in the conference tournament. Many questioned this as everything transpired because the pandemic canceled the team’s most challenging games. Meanwhile, Virginia Tech was penalized for a weak strength of schedule, bringing them at 10th seed playing against a demanding Florida Gators team.
Although this matchup may seem lop-sided, expect Virginia Tech to abuse their outside shooting and spread out all offensive options. Florida can match this as they are known to secure the 3-point line very well, allowing only 30.5 percent from beyond the arc. They also protect the paint well thanks to Colin Castleton, who records an average of over two blocks per game.
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Virginia Tech vs. Florida Game Information
- When: Friday, March 19, 2021, 12:15 PM ET
- Where: Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
- TV: CBS
- Radio: CBS Sports Radio
- Live Stream: March Madness Live
- March Madness Betting Odds: TBA
Why Bet on the Virginia Tech Hokies?
Plans changed when the team’s head coach, Buzz Williams, headed to Texas A&M. But that never fazed the team. Virginia Tech is back on track and finished the regular season campaign in third. After several changes to the calendar that postponed games and a 2-3 win-loss record in their last 5 games, the Hokies have to regain traction leading up to the event.
Virginia Tech has plenty of firepower in the scoring department with the aid of Keve Aluma and Tyrece Radford, both shooting over 48 percent, carrying the team’s offensive load. Aluma currently lists down an average of 15.6 points per game while Radford is just shy of 12 points per game. If they remain consistent and at the same time prevent defensive lapses, they might be able to overpower Florida.
Why Bet on the Florida Gators?
Tre Mann is back in action for Florida. The guard helped the Gators bounce back from their consecutive losses in the regular season, helping his team secure a 69-63 victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores. Mann is a crucial component of the team’s offense, helping the Gators achieve respectable efficiency numbers. However, the team has to protect the ball better to avoid turnovers.
All in all, Florida delivers the numbers on both ends of the court thanks to head coach Mike White. They take pride in their perimeter defense and defense efficiency in the South Eastern Conference, which was made evident in the past few weeks. If Mann gets his footing, Florida can make it far into the NCAA Tournament and even have a shot at the title.
Virginia Tech vs. Florida Betting Trends
- Virginia Tech is 6-4 in its last 10 games.
- Virginia Tech is 4-6 against the spread in its last 10 games.
- The totals have gone under 7 times in Virginia Tech’s last 10 games.
- Florida is 5-5 in its last 10 games.
- Florida is 3-7 against the spread in its last 10 games.
- The totals have gone under 7 times in Florida’s last 10 games.
Virginia Tech vs. Florida Expert Betting Prediction
Florida is a remarkable team when it comes to hitting shots beyond the arc, but it seems like they don’t utilize it enough. If they try to create more open looks and hit the shots, they can pull away from Virginia Tech.
Meanwhile, the inconsistency of the Hookies is their Achilles heel entering the game. If they can make shots and maintain a stable defensive work rate, Florida will have trouble sinking shots from range.
As the game presents closely tied numbers, we can see the slight advantage of the Gators on paper coming into the match. But, if Virginia Tech stays on their tail, they will have no trouble covering the spread and even throw a curveball that might just catch Florida off guard.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.