NCAA Tournament: Florida State vs. Vermont fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Thursday, March 21
Game Time: 2:00 ET
Venue: XL Center, Hartford, CT
All You Really Need To Know About Florida State (27-7)
(ACC), NCAA NET Rank: 16. West 4-seed
This is a 100% absolute real deal problem for the 2019 NCAA Tournament. This year’s version is even better than the team that came within seconds of getting to the Final Four. Winners of 14 of the last 15 games before falling to Duke in the ACC Championship, the Seminoles are very long, they’re very aggressive, and they’re very fearless.
They don’t quite do enough from three, and they don’t move the ball well enough, but they force a ton of mistakes, and they attack the boards hard. When they get on a roll, they score in waves thanks to the plays on the defensive side.
All You Really Need To Know About Vermont (27-6)
(America East), NCAA NET Rank: 71. West 13-seed
Down goes UMBC. The story of the early part of last year’s tournament – the 16 that beat the 1-seeded Virginia – was bounced out of the America East championship game by a Vermont team that dominated the regular season. There were two losses to UMBC along the way to ruin a run of 18 Catamount wins in the last 20.
F Anthony Lamb leads a strong offense that is good enough from three and tough enough on the inside to get by. It’s the defense that gets the job done with a suffocating style that allows just 63 points per game and little from the outside.
What’s Going To Happen
Florida State is going to be everyone’s pet pick after the way it played against the ACC big boys, but it’s about to be in for a whale of a fight.
Burlington isn’t exactly next door to Hartford – about 250 miles apart – but it’s not near Tallahassee and it’s certainly not in the western part of the United States.
The Noles are will have a hard time from the outside and it’s not going to run away with this, they’re loaded with veterans who have been through the wars going back to the last NCAA Tournament. They’ll find their way through this, but not without a little sweating.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Florida State 71, Vermont 59
Line: Florida State -10.5, o/u: 133.5
ATS Confidence: 3.5
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