Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Xavier Musketeers forward Naji Marshall (13) celebrates with guard Kyle Castlin (2).
Conference Tournament time is in full swing and tickets are getting punched for the NCAA Tournament.
With St. Mary’s upsetting Gonzaga, the bubble has already started to shrink, making teams with uncertainty desperate for wins. Today we examine games between teams fighting for an NCAA invite.
Let’s examine Xavier-Creighton (2:30 p.m. ET) in the Big East Tournament and Arkansas-Florida (1 p.m. ET) in the SEC Tournament.
Which teams will earn that much-needed win?
Betting Odds: Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Florida Gators
- Spread: Florida -3
- Over/Under: 134.5
- Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
- TV: SECN
Arkansas (17-14) enters the SEC Tournament on a three-game winning streak. The Razorbacks are 7-5 against the spread on the road and have covered their past four consecutive games.
Florida (17-14) has been wildly inconsistent, with two separate three-game losing streaks in their past 11 games. The Gators are 11-13 ATS including 4-9 in their last 13 games against SEC opponents.
Arkansas’ pressure defense is stifling opponents at the end of the season. It ranks ninth in country with an average of 16.7 turnovers forced per game. The Razorbacks are also disruptive inside, ranking first in the SEC in block percentage. Sophomore Daniel Gafford (17.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.1 blocks) is one of the best all-around post players in the country.