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A March Madness betting preview of Friday's Florida State vs. Missouri Basketball matchup

Florida State vs. Missouri Basketball Betting NCAA Basketball Preview

Posted by: Mike Davis

One of the most competitive matchups of the First Round has to be this Friday’s Florida State vs. Missouri basketball matchup. Unlike some of the First Round matchups, this is one is actually difficult to predict. Let’s take a look at what kind of turnout online sportsbooks are predicting for this Firs Round pairing.

Florida State vs. Missouri Basketball – West Region – 1st Round

When: Friday, March 16th 8:50 pm ET

Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

TV: TBS

Stream: Watch TBS

Betting NCAA Basketball Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Seminoles -1½ (-110) 147½ (-110) -125
Tigers +1½ (-110) 147½ (-110) +105
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Florida State Seminoles

Now in his 16th season with the Seminoles, Leonard Hamilton will be looking to finally make it past the Sweet 16. Hamilton joined Florida State back in 2002 and has led them to 6 tournament appearances, counting this year’s selection. But as aforementioned, he has yet to make it to the Elite Eight. As for this Friday’s matchup, Hamilton will turn to Terance Mann, Phil Cofer and Braian Angola to get the job done. These three lead the Seminoles in scoring, putting p 13.2, 13.1, and 12.9 individually. Unfortunately for Florida State, these are their only 3 players putting up more than double-digit figures per game. Betting NCAA basketball players should assume that this is not enough to get the Seminoles to the next round.

Missouri Tigers

This is Cuonzo Martin’s first season as Missouri’s head coach and it’s safe to say it’s been highly successful. For starters, Martin was able to take a program that finished the previous year with an 8-24 record and lead them to an NCAA Tournament berth. If that’s not surprising I don’t know what is. And while the Tigers didn’t find much success in the SEC Tournament, they still held their own in the conference. Specifically, the Tigers finished the year with a 10-8 SEC record. Thirdly, Martin was able to lead his team to 2-wins over nationally ranked opponents. Needless to say, this is an extremely attractive matchup.

So, which team has the upper hand in this Friday’s Florida State vs. Missouri matchup? Honestly, it’s tough to say. The Seminoles come in with the better offense, averaging 81.8 points per game to the Tigers’ 73.3. However, Missouri has a much better defense than their opponent. Right now the Tigers are giving up 68.1 points per matchup. This is much better than the 74.5 points the Seminoles are giving up. This discrepancy might be the tipping point for players betting on March Madness. After all, it’s always better to side with the defensive powerhouse.

Florida State vs. Missouri Basketball Betting Predictions

Trends

  • Seminoles are 4-6 SU in their last 10 Games
  • Seminoles are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Games
  • Florida State is 5-5 against the TOTALS line in their last 10 Games
  • Tigers are 6-4 SU in their last 10 Games
  • Tigers are 5-5 ATS in their last 10 Games
  • Missouri is 3-7 against the TOTALS line in their last 10 Games
Florida State vs. Missouri Basketball Picks

Friday’s betting NCAA basketball odds are predicting a fierce battle between these two. This is evident because the spread is set at 1 ½ points. What’s worse is the fact that neither team comes in with a heap of momentum. The Tigers are 2-4 in their last 6 matches and the Seminoles are 1-3 in their last 4. Nonetheless, in this situation, bettors will be better off sticking with the team with a superior defense. In this case, that’s Missouri. Luckily they’re pegged as the underdog in this one. Sign up now to make this lucrative bet today!

Score Prediction: 74-71 Missouri. The Tigers cover the spread and advance to the next round. The TOTAL will be OVER.

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