Both Teams Have High-Powered Offense
The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles and the Florida State Seminoles open their 2017 NCAA Tournament on Thursday when they meet at Amway Center.
Florida Gulf Coast has proven to be more than a one-time wonder after its “Dunk City” fueled a Sweet 16 four years ago. Florida State expects this trip to March Madness will finally be the start of a consistent run of making the NCAA Tournament after four straight years of missing out.
Oddsmakers opened the Seminoles as -12-point favorites versus the Eagles, while the game’s total opened at 144. The line is now FSU favored by 13 points and the total is up to 148.
Last time out for Florida State, they were a 77-73 loser as they battled the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the ACC Tournament. They failed to cover in the match as a -1.5-point favorite. Jonathan Isaac, a 6-foot-10 freshman forward, looks like he may be NBA lottery pick. He is averaging 11.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Dwayne Bacon leads the Seminoles in scoring at 16.9 points per game. Xavier Rathan-Mayes contributes 10.4 points and 4.8 assists per game. FSU averaged 82.5 points per game during the regular season. That was good for 18th in the country.
Last time out for Florida Gulf Coast, they were a 77-61 winner as they battled the North Florida Ospreys in the Atlantic Sun Tournament. They covered in the match as a -10-point favorite.
Betting Odds & Trends
Florida Gulf Coast:
Team record: 26-7 SU,5-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 7 straight games.
Team record: 25-8 SU,19-14 ATS
Florida State is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida State’s last 5 games
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