Game: (7) Florida – (10) Virginia 3/16 2:10 PM ET
Game Analysis: Florida is on one of the worst skids in the nation after losing 6 of their last ten games. However, the ironic thing is that Virginia has posted the same 4-6 record over that stretch. Both teams are seriously struggling at the wrong part of the year, but one team will get to move on. Florida appears to have the obvious advantage by averaging 76.3 points per game, but the Cavaliers have worn down many teams throughout the year.
Matchup to Watch: F Erik Murphy, Florida vs. F Mike Scott, Virginia – Murphy led the Gators with 24 points in their 74-71 semi final loss to Kentucky and the junior is playing great basketball right now. He will be matched against Virginia’s All-ACC First Team selection, Mike Scott. Scott is averaging 18.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game and was one of the best players in the entire ACC this year. The two big men cannot only rebound, but they can also put the ball in the basket, so expect it to be an extremely exciting matchup on both sides of the floor.
Prediction: Florida 73 – Virginia 65