(7)South Carolina +4 vs (4)Florida
As South Carolina’s magical run continues, their next opponent is a familiar foe. With a chance to advance to the Final Four, these two SEC teams will be meeting for the third time this season with this final game being the rubber match of the series. Although they split the previous two games, this is a much different South Carolina team – they’re now a confident bunch playing their best basketball of the season. The Gamecocks are locking down opponents on defense and their offense has finally come around on the heels of SEC Player of the Year Sindarious Thornwell. The Gators are also playing well coming off a thrilling victory over Wisconsin winning on a last second buzzer-beating three pointer. They have tremendous speed and like to play at a fast pace contrary to the way the Gamecocks play. In this rubber match, I think South Carolina will be able to out-physical the Gators and take advantage of their front-court’s lack of depth. oThis team is real, the SEC conference is real, and South Carolina advancing to their first Final Four in school history is real.
The Pick: South Carolina +4