Watch live streaming coverage of the NCAA March Madness Tournament First Round clash between No. 7 seed Florida and No. 10 seed Virginia Tech at Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis on Friday.
Fans can watch live stream of the game on CBS, with tip-off time set for 12:15 ET. The Hokies start as a -1.0 favorite, according to the latest oddsmakers at William Hill Sportsbook. The OVER/UNDER for this encounter is set at 135 points.
This game should be a very close one, but we are backing Florida to pull this game off on Friday, despite the experts backing Virginia Tech to make a run at this year’s NCAA March Madness.
No. 10 seed Virginia Tech (15-6) vs. No. 7 seed Florida (14-9) – NCAA March Madness
NCAA Tournament First Round, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis; Friday, 12:15 p.m. EDT
TV: CBS (Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill and Tracy Wolfson)
Radio: Gator IMG Sports Network (Mick Hubert and Lee Humphrey)
BOTTOM LINE: Virginia Tech is taking on Florida in a NCAA first round game. Florida lost 78-66 to Tennessee on Friday, while Virginia Tech fell 81-73 against North Carolina last week.
TEAM LEADERSHIP: Florida’s Tre Mann has averaged 15.3 points and 5.4 rebounds while Colin Castleton has put up 11.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. For the Hokies, Keve Aluma has averaged 15.6 points and eight rebounds while Justyn Mutts has put up 9.6 points and 6.5 rebounds. ACCURATE ALUMA: Aluma has connected on 35.1 percent of the 57 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 9 of 22 over his last five games. He’s also converted 72.6 percent of his free throws this season.
SCORING THRESHOLDS: Florida is 0-5 when its offense scores 66 points or fewer. Virginia Tech is a perfect 12-0 when it holds opponents to 67 or fewer points and has allowed 65.3 points per game over its last three.
UNBEATEN WHEN: The Gators are 13-0 when holding opponents to 43.1 percent or worse from the field, and 1-9 when opponents shoot better than that. The Hokies are 14-0 when they hold opponents to a field goal percentage of 43.6 percent or worse, and 1-6 when opponents exceed that percentage.
LAST FIVE: Virginia Tech has scored 70 points and allowed 65.3 points over its last three games. Florida has managed 63 points while allowing 68.7 over its last three.