Florida (-3) over South Carolina
It’s hard to bet against what South Carolina has going right now, especially after watching Florida piss down their leg against Wisconsin before Chris Chiozza bailed everybody out. However, this is the first time in the tournament the Gamecocks are playing someone that’s really equipped to handle their pressure defense AND can match it on the other end. Obviously, these two teams have met before. They played a home-and-home this year. USC scraped one out at home, while Florida rolled in Gainesville. The Gators just have more guys who can make individual plays offensively. I remember that game in Columbia very fondly because I was on the Gators. Florida went 0-17 from three and 15-28 from the free throw line and lost by a whopping four points. It’s been a nice run for the Gamecocks, but I think it’s over.
Kentucky (+2.5) over North Carolina
I went back and forth on this, but I guess I’ll just stick with who I picked before the tournament started. It’s not the greatest matchup for Kentucky, but they still have the better guards and it’s not by a particularly small margin, if you ask me.