Florida State Seminoles (23-11) at Michigan Wolverines (31-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 8:49 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -4.5 -- Over/Under:143.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Florida State Seminoles and Michigan Wolverines will square off at the Staples Center this Saturday in the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament.
The 9-seed Florida State Seminoles (23-11) continued their strong defensive play and moved on to their first Elite 8 since 1993 after defeating the 4-seed Gonzaga Bulldogs, 75-60, this past Thursday night. Florida State led by a 41-32 margin at halftime and pulled away for the victory after taking a 69-58 lead with just 2:05 left in regulation. Florida State held the high-scoring Gonzaga offense to just 33.9% shooting from the field and 25.0% (5-20) shooting from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Seminoles was Terance Mann who had 18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, Florida State is averaging 80.9 ppg on 47.2% shooting from the field. The Seminoles are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 35.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Florida State has been led by Terance Mann (12.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.6 apg), Phil Cofer (12.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg), Braian Angola (12.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.4 spg), and Trent Forrest (7.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.6 spg). Defensively, Florida State is allowing their opponents to average 73.7 ppg on 42.0% shooting from the field. The Seminoles have a rebound margin of 2.7 and a turnover margin of 1.3.
The 3-seed Michigan Wolverines (31-7) had their best game of the NCAA Tournament and easily advanced to the Elite 8 after defeating the Texas A&M Aggies, 99-72, this past Thursday night. Michigan had one of their best offensive nights of their season and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 52-28 lead. Michigan shot 61.9% from the field and 58.3% (14-24) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Wolverines was Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman who had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, and a steal. On the season, Michigan is averaging 74.5 ppg on 47.1% shooting from the field. The Wolverines are averaging 9.1 three-pointers per game on 37.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Michigan has been led Moritz Wagner (14.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg), Charles Matthews (12.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.5 apg), Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (12.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.4 apg), and Zavier Simpson (7.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.3 spg). Defensively, Michigan is holding their opponents to an average of 63.3 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Wolverines have a rebound margin of 0.5 and a turnover margin 3.6.
THe Seminoles are 4-0 ATS in thier last 4 non-conference games and 6-2 ATS in thier last 8 neutral stie games overall. The Wolvernines are 5-1 ATS in thier last 6 games following a straight up win and 3-1-1 ATS in thier last 5 NCAA Tournament games.
Florida State has one of the better ranked offenses in the country as they rank 36th in scoring offense and 51st in FG%, however, the Seminoles success in the NCAA Tournament has been led by their defense which has held three of the higher scoring teams in the NCAA Tournament (Missouri, Xavier, and Gonzaga) to an average of just 61.3 ppg. Michigan needed a miracle to advance by Houston but reminded everyone that they have the ability to win it all with their dominating performance against Texas A&M. On the season, Michigan has been led by their defense that ranks 9th in scoring defense and 97th in defensive FG%. Michigan looked more like the team we saw in the Big 10 Tournment in their victory againast Texas A&M however, Florida State's defense is playing incredible at the moment and as I think the Seminoles will be able to give the Wolverines offense some trouble, I'm taking Florida State and the points.