Florida vs UCSB: NCAA Preview & Prediction

    
March 15th, 2011
(2) Florida vs. (15) UC Santa Barbara

Southeast Region - Tampa

March 17 - 6:50 TBS

 

Florida may have been over-seeded as a two but it doesn't matter now, and Billy Donovan's team took on a variety of challenges during non-conference play in addition to winning the SEC outright. SEC Player of the Year Chandler Parsons may not be a lights-out scorer but he's extremely versatile, giving the Gators whatever they need every night out. The frontcourt is deep but it will be guards Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker who determine their fate. They can be a bit erratic and that gets Florida in trouble, so if Boynton and Walker are under control they stand a much better chance of at the very least performing to their seed. Bob Williams' Gauchos won the Big West Tournament after finishing 5th during the regular season, and the backcourt of Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally can be a handful for opponents. But UCSB struggles on the boards, an issue that likely has them headed back home after Thursday.

 

CHN Team Capsules (w/ stats, records, and rankings):

Florida

UCSB

 

Stars to Watch:

F Chandler Parsons (Florida)

G Orlando Johnson (UCSB)

 

Vegas Odds:

Florida -13

 

Predictions:

RealTimeRPI: Florida 69 - UCSB 58

KenPom: Florida 71 - UCSB 59

CollegeHoops.net Betting Pick: UCSB

 

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