The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles are the sweethearts of the NCAA Tournament, as they have made it to the Sweet 16, marking the first time that a No. 15 seed has ever reached this point in the dance. However, the team for the Atlantic Sun champs is going to be coming to a close this week against the No. 3 Florida Gators, one of the favorites to win March Madness.
FGCU is a great story, but no one was really paying attention to it at the outset of the dance. Now, there are two games of film for head coach Billy Donovan to be watching, and you can bet that his Gators are ready to pounce. Florida is favored by 13-points in this one, and though the men in orange and blue are the biggest favorites on the NCAA basketball betting odds in the Sweet 16, we absolutely think that it is justified.
To start off the second week of the tourney though, we have our eyes on the Syracuse Orange. What we have seen all season long with the ‘Cuse is when they’re hot, they’re hot. When they’re not, they are absolutely not. Head coach Jim Boeheim’s bunch has stormed through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament by using that patented 2-3 zone look the whole way. Now, the Indiana Hoosiers are on tap, and the game could be a great one.
Remember that Syracuse was able to go on the road this year and knock off the Louisville Cardinals, and if it is able to do that, the idea of knocking off Indiana isn’t all that far out of the question as we see it. The Orange are 5 ½-point underdogs, so we don’t need them to win the game, just keep it close to cover.