Sports Betting Picks Extra 03-18-2017 Florida State Vs. Xavier
Sports Betting Picks Extra 03-18-2017
The #11 Xavier Musketeers (22 – 13) are squaring off against the #3 Florida State Seminoles (26 – 8) in the 2nd round of the Men’s Basketball Championship while representing the West. Xavier will be heading to the Amway Center in Orlando, FL where Florida State will have a roaring home crowd behind them. Xavier just blew out Maryland while Florida State squeezed by FGCU. This is an evenly matched game between two teams that are ready for a deep tournament run.
Florida State has been playing sloppy basketball so far in the tournament as they’ve struggled with free throws and gone through cold streaks on the offensive end of the court. Still, Florida State can confidently lean on star Dwyane Bacon (17 PPG, 4 RPG, 2 APG) who is coming off of an explosive 25 point, 9 rebound game. Bacon is a difference maker on the court and one that Xavier can’t ignore. Florida State is averaging an impressive 83 PPG on offense while giving up 72 PPG to opposing teams.
Xavier comes into this game as the marked underdog but that doesn’t mean that star Trevon Bluiett (18 PPG, 6 RPG) really cares. Bluiett made life hard for Maryland as he dropped 21 points while nabbing 4 steals. Xavier is scoring 75 PPG on offense this season thanks to a well rounded and deep roster. Xavier is giving up only 71 PPG to opposing teams so far this season.
Recent Betting Trends:
Musketeers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Seminoles are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.
Under is 4-0 in Musketeers last 4 NCAA Tournament games.
Under is 3-0-1 in Seminoles last 4 games following a straight up win.
The loss of Musketeers best play-maker has hurt Xavier against the best competition and it is difference again on Saturday. Seminoles might have the most athletic team in NCAA Tournament and that is just too much for less athletic Xavier. Final Score Prediction, FSU Seminoles win and cover ATS 81-72.