NCAA Tournament: Gonzaga vs. Florida State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Thursday, March 28
Game Time: Coming
Venue: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
All You Really Need To Know About Florida State (29-7)
(ACC), NCAA NET Rank: 16. West 4-seed
Ja Morant got his 28, but Florida State came up with a brilliant all-around effort in the 90-62 win over Murray State. The Seminoles dominated on the boards, hit over 50% from the field, and kept up the defensive pressure to allow Ja to do his thing, but stopped everyone else.
And now the Noles have to do it again against Gonzaga after winning 75-60 in last year’s tournament. They have to get the job done by owning the boards, continuing to make their free throws, and attacking the Bulldog guards and forcing plenty of mistakes. This is a veteran, fearless team with the overall scoring punch to get up and down the court.
All You Really Need To Know About Gonzaga (32-3)
(WCC), NCAA NET Rank: 2. West 1-seed
Gonzaga built up a 39-23 halftime lead, and turned it into enough of a cushion to handle the Baylor fight in the second half. The offensive explosion was there whenever needed to stay comfortably ahead, even when the Bulldogs took their foot off the gas. The three point shooting was fine, and the rebounding was strong, outboarding Baylor by nine – and that’s the key.
The Bulldogs have be do what they do with the extra pass – they came up with 19 assists against the Bears – to get past the FSU pressure and the toughness on the perimeter. They also have to at least hold even on the boards and then get out on the move. They’ve been delivering knockout punches early so far in the tournament, and they’re going to have to do it again to make FSU chase.
What’s Going To Happen
There will be a whole lot of talk about revenge, and Gonzaga is the absolute real deal, but Florida State is the exact right team that can take down this one-seed.
The Seminoles are long, experienced, and they come in waves. They’ll also be rested enough to handle the tempo, attacking from the arc and winning the rebounding battle just enough to stay alive.
However, the difference will be fouls. Florida State will get nailed for more of them – a lot more – and the Bulldogs will survive on the free throw line in a classic.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Gonzaga 82, Florida State 78
Line: Gonzaga -7.5, o/u: 146.5
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