Sweet 16: Florida State vs. Gonzaga Tangle

Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament

Zags and Seminoles Match Up Well in Sweet 16

The fans at Staples Center will see a intriguing Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday Night. The Florida State Seminoles and the Gonzaga Bulldogs when they take their seats on Thursday.

Oddsmakers opened the Bulldogs as -6.5-point favorites versus the Seminoles, while the game’s total opened at 155. The line has crept down to 6, while the total has dropped to 153.

The Seminoles are big and deep this season. 11 different players saw action in the first eight minutes Sunday against Xavier. The team is tied for 17th in the nation with 5.2 blocks per game. Their two centers, 7-footer Ike Obiagu and 7-4 Christ Koumadje, have combined for 101 blocked shots.

Xavier’s two best players couldn’t handle FSU pressure. Seniors Trevon Blueitt and J.P Macura, combined to commit half of the Musketeers’ 18 turnovers. Florida State closed the game with an 18-4 run to win 75-70. Expect a lot of perimeter defense in this one as well.

After finishing the ACC regular season 9-9, the Seminoles have seen their share of scraps along the way. The Zags will be no different.

Florida State was 3-0 in overtime games against eventual NCAA Tournament teams. They also rallied from 18 down to beat Clemson. The Tigers are still alive in the Midwest Region.

Zags are a Well Balance Team Heading into Sweet 16

The Zags’ marched to a fourth straight Sweet 16 appearance. They might not have followed the usual script, but they made plays when it mattered.

After being off for nine days, Gonzaga looked rusty in the first round. They needed a clutch 3-pointer from Zach Norvell Jr. to finally put away UNC-Greensboro 68-64.

The rust was worn off by Saturday when the Bulldogs raced to a 15-0 lead in their second-round matchup with Ohio State.

This was unlike in their November meeting where Gonzaga rolled to a 27-point victory. Ohio State made a second-half surge. The Buckeyes led 67-62 after Keita Bates-Diop’s 3-pointer with 6:02 to go.

Zach Norvell, known by his teammates as Snacks, hit from downtown and snatched a rebound that led to a three-point play by Killian Tillie. Gonzaga regained the lead for good.

Norvell finished with 28 points and made 6 of 11 shots from long range. He scored five straight points to put the Zags up 78-69 with 1:52 left. He also has 12 rebounds to set a career high.

To counter the Seminoles’ huge front line, the Bulldogs will have stay out of foul trouble. Fouls plagued them against Ohio State. Killian Tillie, a 6-10 sophomore, 6-foot-9 senior Johnathan Williams and Norvell each had four fouls. Point guard Josh Perkins fouled out in the closing seconds.

They have a nation-leading 16-game winning streak. The Zags just make the plays when they had to.

 

Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Florida State 22-11 17-13-1 81.12 73.73 7.39 7-5-1 5-6 17-14 9-4 6-5
Gonzaga 32-4 15-19-1 84.19 67.50 16.69 6-9 4-6-1 18-17 8-7 4-7

Power Stats

Assists Turnovers
Name Assists Turnovers Ratio
FLAST 15.09 12.97 1.16
GONZG 15.47 11.31 1.37
Rebounding
Name Offense Defense Total
FLAST 11.45 26.30 37.75
GONZG 11.08 28.75 39.83
ShootingPercentage
Name Offense Defense Differential
FLAST 47.17 41.96 5.21
GONZG 50.18 40.71 9.47
Team Records

Florida State Seminoles

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 22-11 15-4 7-7 17-13-1 9-7-1 8-6 81.12 73.73 7.39
Last 10 5-5 3-2 2-3 3-7 1-4 2-3 72.90 74.70 -1.80
vs Conf 9-10 7-3 2-7 7-11-1 4-5-1 3-6 79.68 80.63 -0.95

Gonzaga Bulldogs

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 32-4 22-2 10-2 15-17-1 11-10 4-7-1 84.19 67.50 16.69
Last 10 10-0 7-0 3-0 6-4 4-3 2-1 79.40 64.60 14.80
vs Conf 20-1 11-1 9-0 9-11-1 6-6 3-5-1 81.00 62.43 18.57

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 81.12 29 67.50 43
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 84.19 9 73.73 166

Head To Head Summary

Team record ATS O/U AVG AVG ½ FG% REB 3PT steals
Florida State 0-1 0-1 0-1 60.00 19.00 35.59 32.00 6/20 7.00
Gonzaga 1-0 1-0 0-1 67.00 35.00 50.00 38.00 3/10 5.00

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line ATS Total O/U FG% Edge Reb Edge 3PT Edge Away Half Score Home Half Score Away FG% Home FG% Away Rebounds Home Rebounds Away Three Pointers Home Three Pointers Away Steals Home Steals
Mar 19, 2010 FLAST 60 GONZG 67 1 GONZG 132.5 U GONZG GONZG FLAST 19 35 35.6 50 32 38 6/20 3/10 7 5

Sweet 16 Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Florida State Seminoles

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Mar 18, 2018 XAVIR 75-70 W 5.5 157 W/U 43.64 86.36 8 A
Mar 16, 2018 MIZZU 67-54 W -1.5 146.5 W/U 42.86 58.06 7 A
Mar 7, 2018 LOUIS 74-82 L -2.5 150 L/O 44.26 57.14 8 H
Mar 3, 2018 BC 85-76 W -8.5 159 W/O 50.00 69.57 7 H
Feb 28, 2018 CLEMS 63-76 L 3 145.5 L/U 42.00 63.16 9 A

Gonzaga Bulldogs

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Mar 17, 2018 OHIOS 90-84 W -4.5 144 W/O 53.45 61.29 9 H
Mar 15, 2018 NCGRE 68-64 W -12.5 136 L/U 42.37 52.00 5 H
Mar 6, 2018 BYU 74-54 W -9 142.5 W/U 46.77 85.71 10 H
Mar 5, 2018 SF 88-60 W -12.5 141 W/O 53.33 80.00 12 H
Mar 3, 2018 LOYMA 83-69 W -19 149.5 L/O 61.22 50.00 12 H

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