Recapping Florida’s March Madness Betting ActionPosted by: Anthony Yaylor
The March Madness betting tournament is starting to pick up speed which means that bettors can keep hitting up the NCAA basketball tournament lines in order to keep racking up some lucrative winnings. We’ve gone through the First Four games, as well as most of the First Round of contests, which mean that the fiercest games of the tournament still lie before us.
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Thursday’s round of March Madness betting action brought with it some pretty intriguing results. Early in the day, we say Notre Dame beat out Princeton, Virginia overcome UNCW, and of course, Gonzaga laying a beating into SD State. But out of all the contest fans witnessed Thursday, the matchup of Florida programs had the highest amount of bragging rights on the line.
Florida Gulf Coast vs. Florida State Recap
When: Thursday, March 16, 9:20 pm ET
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
TV: TNT Broadcast, NCAA Live Stream
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Result: 80-86 Florida State
Florida State might be one of the most well-known schools in the nation, but the Seminoles have struggled to qualify to the Big Dance with consistency. In fact, out of these two programs, it was the Eagles who were making consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles came into this contest with a 25-8 record as well as the No. 3 seed in the March Madness betting tourney. Florida Gulf Coast had a slightly better record (26-7) but the NCAA committee still felt that the Eagles only deserved the No. 14 seed, and Thursday’s results prove that they knew what they were doing.
The Seminoles were lead to a victory by Dwayne Bacon who was able to score 25 points in 34 minutes of playing time. Second in points for the Seminoles was Jonathan Isaac who put 17 on the board for Florida State. Two more players scored double-digit points for Florida State. Xavier Rathan-Mayes put 10 on the board for the program and Terance Mann was able to score 11.
Florida Gulf Coast had a surprising performance from Brandon Goodwin who ended up netting the team 28 points on the night. The Eagles second-leading point scorer Thursday night was Zach Johnson who connected with the net for 17 points. Florida Gulf Coast was unable to produce another double-digit scorer.
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Even though they weren’t able to overcome their Florida brethren, the Eagles can still boast that they were able to qualify for the tournament two years in a row. Overall, the Eagles turned in a 26-8 record that includes a 12-2 record in the A-Sun conference. That conference record was enough to land the Eagles a 1st place finish in the conference.