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Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Florida State Seminoles - 4/1/14 NIT Semifinal

Florida State Seminoles (22-13) vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (23-13)

College Basketball: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: Florida State Seminoles -1.5 -- Over/Under: 136.5 See the Latest Odds


The Florida State Seminoles and Minnesota Golden Gophers will play Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in the NIT semifinals. Minnesota beat Florida State 71-61 back in early December. 

Florida State reached the semifinals by beating Florida Gulf Coast, Georgetown and Louisiana Tech. On the season, the Florida State Seminoles average 71.1 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allow 66.4 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Florida State is a long, athletic team that relies on its defense, but also shoots a cool 38.6 percent from beyond the arc. Guard Aaron Thomas leads the Seminoles with an average of 14.8 points per game. The Seminoles have scored 71 or more points in five of their last nine games. The Florida State Seminoles are 18-14-1 ATS overall.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Florida State Seminoles - 4/1/14 NIT Semifinal

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Minnesota has made it this far in the tournament by knocking off High Point, Saint Mary’s and Southern Miss. On the season, the Golden Gophers average 71.4 points on 45 percent shooting and allow 68 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Minnesota plays an aggressive defense that comes away with 7.5 steals per game and has held four of its last seven opponents to 66 or less points. Offensively, the Golden Gophers only shoot 35.1 percent from three, but have a crafty guard in Andre Hollins, who averages 13.4 points and 3.5 rebounds. The Golden Gophers are 15-15-1 ATS overall. 

The Seminoles are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big Ten. The Golden Gophers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 9-3-2 ATS in their last 14 Tuesday games. 

The Seminoles are a diferent team than they were when the Golden Gophers played them earlier this season. Florida State has a certain confidence to its game now and is playing extremely well on both sides of the ball. The Golden Gophers have been real inconsistent all season, which has forced me to fade them much of the year. 

Give me the Seminoles and the small chalk, please. 

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Florida State Seminoles -1.5

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