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The Florida Gators (26-10) and Louisville Cardinals (29-9) are set to face off in the Elite Eight of the 2012 NCAA tournament on Saturday inside the US Airways Center in Phoenix. A trip to New Orleans and the Final Four is on the line.

Las Vegas oddsmakers sent out the matchup as a pick 'em, but early movement in the betting odds has the Gators favored by 1.5 points over the Cardinals.

I've developed a handicapper line of Louisville by 1.5 points. This lands me squarely on the Big East Conference tournament champions that knocked out the West region's No. 1 seed Michigan State Spartans on Thursday night.

The Cardinals captured an impressive 57-44 win over the Spartans as 5.5-point underdogs, while going "under" the total for the 10th time in 11 games.

Reaching this round as a No. 4 seed also has its benefits, as such teams have gone 8-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last nine opportunities.

Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino's perfect 10-0 record in the Sweet 16 has garnered plenty of media attention over the last 24 hours, but he...

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