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UCLA-Florida Line at -5

Written by:
Tyrone Black
Published on:
Mar/18/2011
UCLA-Florida Line

The UCLA-Florida line was sitting at -5 in favor of Florida coming into Saturday’s Third Round of the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.  The line on this game is on the money based on Gambling911.com’s own calculations.  90 percent of the spread action was coming in on Florida so we can expect a possible move upwards to -5.5 or even higher prior to game time. 

UCLA comes into this game as the number 7 seed while Florida was the number two seed. 

UCLA center dominated in the paint against Michigan State and sending that team home early.

"He's a mountain," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "He's a freight train. I would say every game that Josh Smith goes into, he has a physical advantage. I don't think there's any question about that. ... I don't think that necessarily any of our frontcourt players are just going to line up and move him around."

Unlike most of the First Round games of this NCAA Tournament, UCLA-Florida do have some head-to-head history.  Florida beat UCLA in the Final Four in consecutive years in 2006 and 2007.

"A lot of UCLA fans have texted me saying, 'Hey, get revenge on the Gators for what they did to us," Smith said. "I don't really have an effect on that, though. I was still in high school watching the games. I remember what Horford and Noah were doing to us and they just kind of beasted us.

"We're going to use that as motivation -- the team that knocked us out of the championship game and the Final Four the last two years we were in it."

If it’s any consolation for UCLA, they are 9-2 Against The Spread when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games.

Here were some more lines for Saturday’s games courtesy of Bookmaker.com.

 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL - Mar 19 

NCAA TOURNAMENT - THIRD ROUND ST. PETE TIMES FORUM - TAMPA, FLA

9:15 AM

513



WEST VIRGINIA

+3½-110

o132-110

+145

514



KENTUCKY

-3½-110

u132-110

-165

11:45 AM

515



UCLA

+5-110

o131½-110

+180

516



FLORIDA

-5-110

u131½-110

-210

NCAA TOURNAMENT - THIRD ROUND VERIZON CENTER - WASHINGTON, DC

4:10 PM

517



BUTLER

+7½-110

o128-110

+290

518



PITTSBURGH

-7½-110

u128-110

-350

6:40 PM

519



CINCINNATI

+3½-110

o130-110

+145

520



CONNECTICUT

-3½-110

u130-110

-165

NCAA TOURNAMENT - THIRD ROUND PEPSI CENTER - DENVER, CO

2:15 PM

521



MOREHEAD ST

+3½-110

o126-110

+150

522



RICHMOND

-3½-110

u126-110

-170

4:45 PM

523



GONZAGA

-2-110

o149-110

-130

524



BYU

+2-110

u149-110

+110

- Tyrone Black, Gambling911.com

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