March Madness Expert Picks: Florida State vs. Gonzaga

Sweet Sixteen games for the NCAA Tournament West Region emanate from the Honda Center in
Anaheim, CA on Thursday night. The first game of the night to tip-off will see the #4 seed Florida
State Seminoles take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs, the #1 seed in the region.

Our series of March Madness Predictions continues as we take a look at this matchup in full detail.

Date/Time/TV: Thur. March 28, 7:09 PM EST, CBS

Vegas Odds March Madness

Spread: Gonzaga Bulldogs -6.5 (-110)

Total: 147.5

Game Preview

On Saturday, the Seminoles faced off with Murray State in second-round action. They were only 4-
point favorites at tip-off, easily covering in a 90-62 blowout win. Overall, Florida State brings a
record of 29-7 (17-18-1 ATS) to the table.

The Bulldogs were also victorious in round two action on Saturday. They faced Baylor as 14-point
favorites, walking off the floor with an 83-71 victory. For the season as a whole, Gonzaga is 32-3
(22-13 ATS).

Florida State Seminoles

In round one on Thursday, Florida State played Vermont as 8.5-point favorites. Once the final
whistle blew, the Seminoles were victorious by a score of 76-69. Previously, the team made it the
ACC final, losing to Duke by 10 points. Over the last 10 games, the team is 8-2 (4-6 ATS).

On totals, the Seminoles are 16-18-2 on the year with the Over coming in for both tourney games.
Mfiondu Kabengele is the top scoring option with an average of 12.9 ppg. Terance Mann contributes
11.6 ppg and 6.5 boards. In the win over Murray State, Mann had 18 points.

Gonzaga Bulldogs

The Bulldogs obliterated Fairleigh Dickinson in round one to the tune of 84-49 as 28.5-point
favorites. After cruising through the WCC regular season at 16-0, Gonzaga was stunned by Saint
Mary’s in the conference final. For the last 10 outings, the team is 9-1 (4-6 ATS).

Team totals stand at 17-18 to date with the Over coming in last time out and the Under being the
correct call in round one. Rui Hachimura tops the team with 19.7 ppg, while Brandon Clarke adds in
17.0 ppg and 8-4 rpg. In the victory over Baylor, Clarke had 36 points.

Florida State vs. Gonzaga March Madness Prediction

Last year, Florida State made it to the Elite Eight after a 75-60 victory over Gonzaga in the Sweet
Sixteen. They would lose to Michigan by a score of 58-54. In 2017, the team was bounced in the
second round by Xavier.

Back in 2017, Gonzaga made it the national championship game versus North Carolina, losing by a
score of 71-65. In 2016, the team fell to Syracuse in the Sweet Sixteen by three points. The year
before, they made it to the Elite Eight before dropping a 14-point decision to Duke.

The Bulldogs have the edge on offense, defense, and true shooting percentage, while the Seminoles
have a little more depth. This is a strong Gonzaga squad, and we like them to win and cover as they
advance to the Elite Eight.

Florida State Seminoles vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs NCAA Tournament Pick: Gonzaga Bulldogs -6.5

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Christopher Feery

    A freelance writer by trade and lifelong sports fan, Chris got off the fence and entered the world of sports betting content when his home state of New Jersey finally legalized wagering in the summer of 2018. This quickly became his full-time focus, and he absolutely loves sharing information with loyal readers and subscribers. He subscribes to the theory that numbers don't lie, but he also knows they don't always tell the whole story. Chris likes to keep it simple to avoid paralysis by analysis, but he's not shy about digging deep to find the answers he seeks. A two-time nominee and one-time winner of Fantasy Sports Writers Association year-end awards for football content, Chris will gladly discuss fantasy pigskin all year long, as well as anything else to do with the NFL or CFB. While football tops his list, he also has quite the affinity for other fields of play, priding himself on delivering exceptional content with actionable information that provides positive results.

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