Florida State Seminoles vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs Pick

March 28, 7:09 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Gonzaga -7.5

The No. 4 seed Florida State Seminoles (29-7) will lock horns with No. 1 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs (32-3) in the Sweet 16 of the 2019 Men’s Basketball Tournament. The collision is set for Thursday, March 28th, 2019 with a scheduled tip-off time of 7:09 PM ET. The game will be televised on CBS live from Anaheim, California. The Seminoles and Bulldogs met in the Regional Semifinals last year where the Seminoles staged a 75-60 upset of the Zags closing as a six-point underdog.

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No. 4 Florida State Seminoles vs. No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs Overview

Florida State Seminoles

The Seminoles brought the “Cinderella” run of No. 12 Murray State to a screeching halt when they dismantled the Ohio Valley Conference Champions in Second Round action on Sunday. Closing as a 4.5-point favorite, the Noles cruised past Ja Morant and company to a 90-62 thumping of the Racers.

Gonzaga Bulldogs

The Bulldogs were last in action in on Sunday against the upset-minded No. 9 seed Baylor Bears. The Zags had little resistance from BU as they went on to win the Second Round match 83-71 but failed to produce a cover closing as 14.5-point chalk.

Reasons To Back Florida State

The Seminoles own the emotional edge in this contest given what transpired last year in the Sweet 16. This game will not just be another day at the office for the Zags as their emotions may get the best of them given some of the narratives surrounding this contest. However, we must remind takers that for two consecutive games now the Noles were on upset alert by Vermont and Murray State and they took care of business easily with limited threats from the opposition. FSU will have the mojo in this match.

Reasons To Avoid Gonzaga

Many individuals will be citing the "revenge" angle as one for Gonzaga given the fact the Noles knocked them out last year in the Sweet 16. Will lightning strike twice for the Noles against the Zags? Perhaps not, but this narrative could be a cause for many ripped tickets as Gonzaga will be a public choice as a result and position the Bulldogs to be overvalued. Given the fact this line dipped to -6 before surging back to -7.5 would suggest that this phenomenon is taking shape. The fact remains that Florida State has enough quality and talent to make this game a hard-fought one which can result in the Zags winning but failing to cover as a result of the potential overlay.

Seminoles vs. Bulldogs Prediction 03/26/2019

Why did FSU knock off Gonzaga a year ago? Because Florida State plays in a tougher conference than Gonzaga. Regardless of who is on the Noles’ or Bulldogs’ roster, the ACC is the best conference in America in terms of college hoops. Florida State is the more battle-tested team, and they will be a problem for Gonzaga. I wouldn’t even be shocked if they staged another upset.

Free Pick: 
Take Florida State +7.5

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