Tennessee vs Florida
2:00 PM EST
Tennessee -4.5 over Florida (win)
Florida is a great basketball team. This current team is awesome behind the three point line, but I think this game comes down to defense. Tennessee is excellent on the defensive side of the ball and when they get locked in it’s almost impossible to score a lot on them. In the last meeting Tennessee spotted Florida and huge lead and still dug in on defense and put them away in the second half. The Vols have the physical defenders to get in the way of an electric player like Tre Mann. Look for the Vols to plays scrappy basketball which will force turnovers that lead to points. Tired legs after game after game in these conference tournaments typically favor the more athletic defensive team. Take Tennessee.
9:00 PM EST
UC Santa Barbara -10 over UC Davis (win)
I believe UC Davis has hit their peak and are not close to being good enough to beat the UCSB team. The Aggies are a pretty good offensive team and they do force turnovers, but everything else they do is below average. UCSB doesn’t turn the ball over which really is bad news for the Aggies because if they can’t get points off the turnover they won’t have a shot in this game. The Gauchos share the ball well and are excellent on offense and on defense. This team has the size advantage and over the course of 40 minutes should run away with this game and win by double digits. Take UC Santa Barbara.