Florida State vs. Gonzaga Basketball Betting Picks for Sweet Sixteen Round
Posted by: Charlie Smith
The year’s college basketball betting action is taking off in this evening’s Sweet Sixteen round matchups. Now that the first and second rounds are in the books, March Madness betting fans are ready for the next round of thrills. That begins tonight with the Florida State vs. Gonzaga Basketball matchup, which pits 4th seeded FSU against the West Region’s No. 1 seed. Both sides have been extremely dominant so far, leading us to believe that this should be a thrilling turnout. Do tonight’s sportsbook odds second that opinion?
Florida State vs. Gonzaga Basketball – Thursday, March 28th
When: 7:09 pm ET
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Stream: CBS Sports
College Basketball Betting Odds:
Florida State Seminoles
The Seminoles are coming off a dominant 90-62 win over 12th seeded Murray State that assured their ticket to the Sweet Sixteen round. Surprisingly enough, FSU was matched up against Gonzaga in last year’s Sweet Sixteen round and managed to deliver a 75-60 upset win over the Bulldogs. Notwithstanding that turnout, this year’s college basketball betting odds are pegging Florida State as a sizable underdog once again. Looking over the numbers it’s undoubtedly clear that the Zags have a massive advantage on offense. This is because they’re scoring 88.6 per game to the Seminoles 75.4. Defensively things are pretty even with FSU giving up 67.0 per matchup and Gonzaga allotting 64.8. Both teams sport similar philosophies on offense, trying to get the ball inside the arc to score their points. However, Gonzaga is much more efficient than their Sweet Sixteen counterpart.
Players to Watch: Mfiondu Kabengele (13.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 0.3 apg), Terance Mann (11.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Trent Forrest (9.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.7 apg).
The Zags come in red hot after posting a 23-1 SU and 15-9 ATS record in their last 24 matchups with their only setback coming at the hands of Saint Mary’s in the WCC Tournament. Tonight Gonzaga will be looking to take the steam out from under FSU, who comes in with some momentum after going 8-1 SU in their last 9. All in all Gonzaga has been unchallenged so far in the tournament and it looks like tonight’s sportsbook odds think they’ll be unchallenged by Florida State tonight. As aforementioned both teams like to get the ball within the arc to get their points. However, look for Florida State to opt for the 3 more frequently than Gonzaga.
Overall they’ve been shooting more 3s than Gonzaga all season long. And seeing as how Gonzaga is shooting 62.2 from two-point range while FSU is hitting 50.9 from the same range, the Seminoles will likely need those three-pointers to keep up with the Bulldogs.
Players to Watch: Rui Hachimura (19.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.5 apg), Brandon Clarke (17.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.9 apg), and Zach Norvell Jr. (15.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.2 apg).
Florida State vs. Gonzaga Basketball Betting Predictions
Florida State vs. Gonzaga Basketball Betting Picks
So which side should legal betting fans take in this Florida State vs. Gonzaga basketball matchup? All things considered, Gonzaga is your best bet here. They’ll be hungry to avenge last year’s loss and have the offensive edge to get the job done. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!
Score Prediction: 92-86 Gonzaga.