Xavier Musketeers vs. Florida State Seminoles, NCAA March Madness Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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22-13 March 18, 6:10 PM | Amway Center 26-8
Xavier vs Florida St., Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 6:10 PM ET, Saturday, March 18, 2017
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida

TV: 6:10 p.m. ET, TNT

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Saturday, March 18th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – SECOND ROUND – Amway Center – Orlando, FL

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
523 –Xavier Musketeers +6 -105 +225 Ov 151 -110
524 –Florida State Seminoles -6 -115 -265 Un 151 -110

The Xavier Musketeers and the Florida State Seminoles will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at Amway Center.

ABOUT XAVIER (22-13): The Musketeers took a big hit when Edmond Sumner (15 points, five assists) was lost for the season in late January, but freshman Quentin Goodin (5.1, 3.4) has averaged 5.5 assists since taking over as the starting point guard – including a career-high nine against the Terrapins. Goodin has a couple of outstanding backcourt mates to work with in Bluiett (18.2 points, 5.7 rebounds), who poured in 21 points against Maryland for his 17th 20-point performance this season, and J.P. Macura (14.4 points). The Musketeers don’t have a dominant post player, but they have enough size inside with the 6-10 O’Mara (5.9 points) and 6-9 RaShid Gaston (7.7, 6.3 rebounds) to match up with Florida State’s big men.

ABOUT FLORIDA STATE (26-8): The Seminoles need to cut down on the 16 turnovers they committed against Florida Gulf Coast, but their offensive potential was on full display. Star guard Dwayne Bacon (17.1 points) scored 25 points against the Eagles while freshman forward Jonathan Isaac (12.1, 7.7 rebounds) recorded 17, 10 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals. The Seminoles also blocked nine shots and got double-digit scoring from point guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes (10.4 points, 4.9 assists) and wing Terance Mann (8.6, 4.7 rebounds), but they will face a tougher defensive opponent in the Musketeers.

Oddsmakers currently have the Seminoles listed as 6-point favorites versus the Musketeers, while the game’s total is sitting at 151.

Third-seeded Florida State survived one upset-minded challenger, but another awaits when it faces No. 11 seed Xavier on Saturday in a second-round West Region matchup of the NCAA Tournament in Orlando, Fla. The Musketeers take aim at a second consecutive upset victory after knocking off No. 6 seed Maryland on Thursday.

The Seminoles had a bit of trouble finishing off an 86-80 win over No. 14 seed Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday for their first NCAA Tournament win since 2012. This is not new territory for the Musketeers, who are trying to reach the Sweet 16 for the sixth time in 10 years. Xavier kept its season alive with a 76-65 triumph over the Terrapins thanks to 18 second-half points from star guard Trevon Bluiett and 18 overall from reserve forward Sean O’Mara. The teams’ only previous meeting was a 76-60 home win by Xavier in 1958.

In their last action, Florida State was a 86-80 winner at home against Eagles. They failed to cover the -12-point spread as favorites.

Last time out for Xavier, they were a 76-65 winner as they battled Terrapins on the road. They covered in the match as a +2-point underdog.

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Team record: 22-13 SU,16-18 ATS
Xavier is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Xavier is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Xavier’s last 5 games

Florida State:
Team record: 26-8 SU,19-15 ATS
Florida State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Florida State is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida State’s last 6 games


1. With a win, the Seminoles would tie the school record for wins set in 1971-72, when they advanced to the NCAA Tournament championship game.

2. Xavier is 6-1 this season in neutral-site games, including 4-0 in Orlando.

3. The Musketeers are 13-1 when holding opponents under 70 points, while Florida State has failed to reach that mark only four times in 34 games.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Xavier Musketeers will cover the spread at +6 and the game will go over 151 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Florida State 78, Xavier 75 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

74.7 PTS FOR 82.6
71.2 PTS AGNST 71.5
3.5 DIFF. 11.0
25.4 DEF REBOUNDS 26.3
12.1 OFF REBOUNDS 11.7
45.5 FG% 48.5
68.8 FT% 68.8
7.1 3 POINTERS 6.7
6.2 STEALS 7.4
No trends to report
Florida State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Florida State is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida State’s last 6 games
Xavier’s Overall Scoring vs Florida State’s Overall Defense 74.7 143 71.5 159
Xavier’s Away Scoring vs Florida State’s Home Defense 71.1 149 71.3 219
Xavier’s Road Rebounds vs Florida State’s Home Rebounds Allowed 37.8 48 31.0 49
Florida State’s Overall Scoring vs Xavier’s Overall Defense 82.6 17 71.2 146
Florida State’s Home Scoring vs Xavier’s Road Defense 88.6 14 73.9 147
Florida State’s Home Rebounds vs Xavier’s Road Rebounds Allowed 39.4 58 32.7 37

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