DraftKings posts lines for Florida Gators vs. Boise St. or Colorado

DraftKings posts lines for Florida Gators vs. Boise St. or Colorado

For the most part, Florida (24-11 straight up, 16-18-1 against the spread) didn’t get a fair shake from the Selection Committee. Todd Golden’s team shouldn’t be a #7 seed.

The Gators have twice as many Quad-1 wins than fifth-seeded Gonzaga, two more Quad-1 wins than fifth-seeded San Diego St. and one more Quad-1 win than both fifth-seeded Wisconsin and fifth-seeded Saint Mary’s.

They have the same amount of Quad-1 wins as third-seeded Kentucky, which split its season series with UF. Golden’s squad has 10 wins over Quad-1 and Quad-2 opponents, while the Wildcats have only eight.

Florida has beaten fourth-seeded Alabama twice by 32 combined points in the last two weeks. The Gators have twice as many Quad-1 wins than fourth-seeded Auburn and split the season series with Bruce Pearl’s team.

With all that said, I think UF should be fine with its draw for several different reasons. For starters, after playing four games in four days during a run to the SEC Tournament finals in Nashville this past weekend, I feel like the most important thing for the Gators was getting to play on Friday and potentially Sunday.

After returning to Gainesville on Sunday night, the last thing UF needed was to have to turn around 48 hours later and fly out again. Now the Gators will depart for Indianapolis at some point on Wednesday.

Speaking of Indy, UF has been to a pair of Final Fours in the city. In 2000, the Gators beat North Carolina in the national semifinals before losing to Michigan St. in the NCAA Tournament finals.

But in 2006 when it was back in Indianapolis again, UF blasted George Mason in the Final Four before putting on a dunk contest in a blowout win over UCLA to win the program’s first national championship.

There are two additional factors about UF’s draw that I believe are advantageous. Florida’s opponent in the opening round will be the winner of Boise St. vs. Colorado in a First Four showdown in Dayton late Wednesday night.

Whether it’s the Buffaloes or the Broncos, they won’t get done with their media obligations in Dayton until past midnight. If either game in Dayton on Wednesday night goes to overtime, push that exit from the arena to the airport back even more.

Whatever the case, BSU or CU probably won’t get to its hotel in Indy until 3:00 a.m. or later. Then they’ll have media obligations at the arena late Thursday morning or early afternoon.

Unlike when UF was facing a fresher Auburn team (which had a double bye at the SEC Tournament) on Sunday, the Gators will be the fresher squad when they tip Friday vs. BSU or CU at around 4:30 p.m. Eastern in the second game of the afternoon session.

If form holds with UF and Marquette (25-9 SU, 20-13-1 ATS) advancing to the Round of 32, it remains to be seen how healthy the #2 seed’s star player will be. Tyler Kolek was the 2023 Big East Player of the Year and garnered 2023 Big East Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors when he led Marquette to a win over Xavier in the finals of the event last year.

Kolek earned second-team All-American honors for a second straight time this year. In 28 starts this season, he’s averaging 15.0 points, 7.6 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.

Kolek has hit 40.0 percent of his 3-pointers and 88.0 percent of his free throws. However, he’s missed six straight games since sustaining an oblique injury. Kolek hasn’t played since leaving a win over Providence early on Feb. 28.

Unlike other (all?) books, DraftKings has already posted lines for both potential matchups for Florida on Friday afternoon. The Gators are installed as one-point favorites vs. Colorado with a total of 160.5.

DraftKings has UF listed as a three-point favorite vs. Boise St. with a total of 156.5.

UF has a 6-8 record in 14 games against teams that are in the NCAA Tournament field, but four of those losses were by 10 combined points.

That’s not even counting a 98-93 overtime loss at fourth-seeded Alabama, which trailed Florida by double digits with less than nine minutes remaining. In UF’s 67-66 loss at Texas A&M and its 72-66 loss at South Carolina, it (again) allowed double-digit leads to get away in the second half.

In a 73-70 loss to Virginia on Nov. 10, star point guard Zyon Pullin (15.7 PPG, 5.0 APG & 3.8 RPG) was still serving a nonsensical three-game suspension levied by the NCAA.

Florida will be down one man for the rest of the year after starting center Micah Handlogten fractured his leg less than three minutes into Sunday’s loss to Auburn. Handlogten is UF’s leading offensive rebounder and is second on the team in rebounds (7.3 RPG) and blocked shots (1.0 BPG).

But Florida is deep in the frontcourt with Tyrese Samuel, Alex Condon and Thomas Haugh quite capable of handling extra minutes. If Golden wants to go small, Will Richard is capable of sliding over to the four.

I think the numbers on Florida are both short. My line is UF -4.5 vs. Colorado and -5.5 vs. Boise St. For those with DraftKings’ accounts, you can bet these games now. If the game doesn’t come to fruition, then that wager cancels and becomes a no-play.

PREDICTIONS: Florida -1 vs. Colorado for two units. Florida -3 vs. Boise St. for one unit.