Florida Gulf Coast Vs Florida State Free Pick, Lines & TV Info
The third-seeded Florida State Seminoles will look to dispatch the 11th-seeded Xavier Musketeers when the two March Madness championship hopefuls square off in their West Region showdown on Saturday.
With both ballclubs looking to advance, let’s find out the latest college basketball odds and see if the underdog Musketeers have what it takes to pull off the huge upset!
A Closer Look At The Eagles Vs Seminoles Free Pick, Lines & TV Info
When: Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 6:10 PM ET
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Live Stream: NCAA Live
NCAAB Odds: Florida State -6 / Over/Under: 151
Why Bet The Xavier Musketeers Odds at +6
Xavier (16-18 ATS) has won four of their last five games and beat Maryland 76-65 in the opening round to cover the spread as a 2-point underdog while the game’s final score played under the 142-point total.
The Musketeers got a team-high 21 points from explosive guard Trevon Blueitt in the win. Xavier averages 74.7 points per game (143rd) on 45.5 percent shooting from the field (111th) and 34.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc (222nd). The Musketeers allow 71.2 points per game (145th) on 45.1 percent shooting from the field (240th) and 33.5 percent from downtown (102nd).
The Musketeers get double digit scoring from three players and have a future NBA performer in Bluiett (18.1 points, 5.8 rebounds), the player that makes the Musketeers go.
Why Bet The Florida State Seminoles Odds at -6
Third-seeded Florida State (17-13-2 ATS) got past dangerous Florida Gulf Cost 86-80 in their opener as sophomore guard Dwayne Bacon scored a game-high 25 points and Jonathan Isaac added 17 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three blocks.
The Seminoles average 82.6 points per game (17th) and shoot 48.3 percent from the field (18th) while limiting the opposition to 71.5 points per game (159th) on 41.2 percent shooting from the field (44th) and 34.2 percent from beyond the arc (137th). Three Florida State players average double figures for the Seminoles including Bacon (16.9 ppg)
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
While both teams in this matchup allow just over 71.0 points per game defensively, Florida State is far more explosive offensively as they average almost eight points per game more than Xavier. While the Musketeers have gone 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games and a bankroll-boosting 16-5 ATS in their last 21 neutral site games, I like Florida State to get the win and ATS cover despite the fact that the Seminoles are just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite and 64 percent of the betting public likes Xavier to cover.
Xavier is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games as an underdog and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and the Musketeers just don’t have enough quality scorers to keep pace with the explosive Noles.
My final score prediction is Florida State 80 Xavier 73