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(29-7) Florida State Seminoles vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs (32-3)
March Madness: Sweet 16 – West Region
Date: Thursday, March 28th, 2019
Time: 7:09 PM ET
Venue: Honda Center, Anaheim, California
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Gonzaga Bulldogs -7.5
CBB Betting Total: 147
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The Sweet 16 is here and we will kick things off in the West Region with a game between 4th-seeded Florida State Seminoles and the 1st-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs.
These teams met in last years’ Sweet 16, which ended in a blowout win for Florida State.
Florida State Seminoles
The Seminoles really proved the doubters as they easily dealt with Murray State in the Round of 32. This was a game many people did not give the Seminoles a chance in, considering they were playing against Ja Morant. They will look to now reach the Elite 8 for the second year in a row.
Normally scoring about 75 points per game in the regular season, the Seminoles has easily surpassed that mark in their first two games of the tournament. After the first two games, they are averaging 83 points per game and their shooting percentage is 44.5%. The reason it is so low is because in their first game against Vermont, the Seminoles shot 38.2% from the field, whereas in the second round game, they shot 50.7%. So far Mfiondu Kabengele has paced the Seminoles in points, scoring a total of 43 points in the two games. Look for Florida State to continue feeding Kabengele while also keeping a balanced scoring attack to upset the Bulldogs.
The Seminoles defense quickly improved from the first game to the second as they allowed the Racers to shoot 32.8% from the field and 38.9% from the three-point line. Now is an even tougher test as they matchup with one of the most explosive offenses in the country. A huge key will be slowing down Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke. Taking these guys out of the equation will most definitely allow the Seminoles to stay within striking distance.
Gonzag won both of their games without much issue which makes this game their first real test of the tournament. After getting blown out by the Seminoles last year in this same round, they will most certainly be looking to get revenge.
Gonzaga continue pouring on the points as they averaged 85 points in their two games. One of the biggest keys to winning this game will be getting Rui Hachimura more involved. The scoring leader for the Bulldogs had just 6 points in the game against Baylor, so look for Hachimura to get heavily involved this time around.
The Gonzaga defense has been very solid so far as they are allowing an average of 60 points through two games. Now with a red hot Seminoles offense coming in, look for Gonzaga to focus on locking down the perimeter and try to keep the ball out of the hands of Kabengele.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Under is 9-3-1 in FSU last 13 games as an underdog.
- Under is 8-2 in GONZ last 10 vs. Atlantic Coast.
- Under is 19-7 in GONZ last 26 Thu. games.
Free Florida State Seminoles vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs NCAAB Prediction:
Gonzaga wins this game, but the Seminoles keep it very close up until the end.
4* Free Sweet 16 Betting Pick: UNDER 147
The Seminoles defense slows down this offense enough to give themselves a great chance to win, but it also allows the total to go under.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Florida State 70 – Gonzaga 75
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