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Gonzaga vs. Florida State - 3/22/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Gonzaga vs. Florida State - 3/22/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

"We were much better than Xavier in the last two and a half minutes of the game", Florida State Coach Leonard Hamilton said. The Bulldogs are -5 over Florida State on Thursday night.

The Seminoles come into this one 35 in the nation in scoring offense with 81.1 points per game this season.

The Seminoles made Xavier the second No. 1 seed ousted in tournament's first weekend, sending the Musketeers out along with Virginia.

With its renewed win-by-committee approach, FSU will aim to reach the Elite Eight for the first time since 1993.

The Florida State Seminoles bench reacts against the Xavier Musketeers during the second half in the second round of the 2018 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 18, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Up next, the Seminoles take on No. 4 Gonzaga.

Two nights after UMBC became the first 16 seed to beat a No. 1, the Retrievers ran out of magic against the Wildcats. 11 seed Xavier routed the Seminoles 91-66 a year ago in the very same round in the same region.

After Missouri cut a 22-point halftime deficit to 50-44 with 9:53 left in the game, Forrest assisted on P.J. Savoy's 3-point shot. "Just because maybe they might not be in one particular conference or maybe they're not considered to be one of the more traditional rich schools, people are playing basketball".

Florida State, which was hoping to make the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year, was led by Shakayla Thomas' 25 points while Nausia Woolfolk added 12.

Macura led Xavier with 17 points, Kerem Kanter had 15 and Scruggs had 11. Mfiondu Kabengele scored his second consecutive bucket, tying it up at 68 with 2:32 to go. The Seminoles rallied from 12 points down in the final 10 minutes to survive and advance.

He had 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in a loss to N.C. State, then scored a career-high 21 points, with 10 rebounds and five assists in a must-win situation against Boston College to close out the regular season.

Angola had 11 in the first half and Phil Cofer added eight.

On spot-up attempts, Savoy has a sizzling effective shooting rate of 58.1 percent this season - good for 1.13 points per possession.

Syracuse has won three straight since being sent to Dayton for the First Four as what the selection committee chairman acknowledged was the final team to receive an at-large bid.

It's the second Sweet 16 matchup in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament in the City of Angels when the ACC meets the West Coast Conference.

With the loss, FSU fails to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in four years. We've seen Gonzaga has guys like that in spades, especially Norvell Jr., who hit the game winning three against UNC Greensboro in the opening round and helped carry the Bulldogs down the stretch against the Buckeyes. Because Florida State doesn't win this game without PJ Savoy - another of our favorites - doesn't do his thing.


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