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Florida State Seminoles vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs - 3/26/14 NIT Quarterfinal

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (29-7) at Florida State Seminoles (21-13)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Tucker Center)

The Line: Florida State Seminoles -3 -- Over/Under: 147.5 See the Latest Odds


The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and Florida State Seminoles will play Thursday night in the NIT quarterfinals.

Louisiana Tech has racked up wins over Iona and Georgia to advance this far in the tournament. On the season, Louisiana Tech averages 80.5 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allows 66.4 points on 41.6 percent shooting. The Bulldogs are a deep team offensively, led by eight players averaging at least 6.9 points per game. Guard Alex Hamilton leads the Bulldogs with an average of 14.7 points. Defensively, Louisiana Tech has held its opponent to 70 or less points in seven of its last nine games. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are 17-12 ATS overall this season.

Florida State Seminoles vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs - 3/26/14 NIT Quarterfinal

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The Florida State Seminoles beat up Florida Gulf Coast and Georgetown to reach the quarterfinals. On the season, Florida State averages 70.9 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allows 66.2 points on 40.1 percent shooting. The Seminoles are known for their defense, as Florida State’s entire roster is loaded with lengthy and big players who clog up passing lanes. However, Florida State also shoots the ball well, which was shown in the win over the Hoyas, as the Seminoles knocked down 11 threes and shot 68.2 percent from the field. Florida State is led by guard Aaron Thomas, who averages 14.6 points and 4 rebounds. The Florida State Seminoles are 18-14 ATS overall. 

The Bulldogs are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Seminoles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. 

With the way Florida State played against Georgetown on Monday, it’s clear the Seminoles want to end this season the right way and win the NIT. It’s nearly impossible to pick against the Seminoles right now especially, when the chalk is this small.

Louisiana Tech is a solid team, but I have to take the home favorite in this one.  

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