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Valparaiso Crusaders vs. Florida State Seminoles NIT Round Two - 3/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida State Seminoles (20-13) at Valparaiso Crusaders (27-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Athletics-Recreation Center)

The Line: Valparaiso Crusaders-5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNN

The Valparaiso Crusaders meet the Florida State Seminoles in the NIT second round.

The Valparaiso Crusaders dominated the Horizon during the regular season before getting the boot in the conference playoffs along with an NCAA bid. The Crusaders showed no hangover from that disappointment with an 84-73 win versus Texas Southern in an NIT opener. Valpo led by six at the break and stretched the lead over the final 20 minutes as a 14.5 point favorite but could never pull away. The Tigers were held to under 45% with Valparaiso hitting at 49% with the difference being more threes and free throws. Alec Peters gave the Crusaders a game high 28 points and seven boards on 9-16 with Keith Carter adding 17 points and five assists. Darien Walker tossed in 14 while Vashil Fernandez chipped in eight points and hauled in ten rebounds.

Valparaiso Crusaders vs. Florida State Seminoles NIT Round Two - 3/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Florida State Seminoles knew they had to win the ACC postseason to go to the Big Dance because very few teams get an at-large with 13 defeats. The Seminoles looked angry in an 84-74 victory versus Davidson in round one of the NIT Tuesday as a nine point favorite. The Noles held a 47%-42% shooting edge with 12 more free throws to negate the Wildcats 13-3 advantage in long balls. Dwayne Bacon gave Florida State a contest high 23 points and five yanks on 7-14 from the floor with Malik Beasley adding 21 points and nine rebounds. Jarquez Smith netted nine points and posted five yanks while Boris Bojanovsky and Devon Bookert scoring seven points apiece with Bookert grabbing seven boards and logging five helpers.

The under is 7-3 in Florida State last 10 non-conference games and the over is 9-4 in their last 13 overall. Both teams have scoring ability and to me this game comes down to rebounding and limiting mistakes because that will be costly if one gets too many chances…

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Florida State +5

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