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CBB : ATS Matchup
Thursday 3/28/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore




FLORIDA ST (29 - 7) vs. GONZAGA (32 - 3)
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Thursday, 3/28/2019 7:09 PM
NCAA - West Regional Semifinals - Honda Center - Anaheim, CA
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655FLORIDA ST147.5149
FLORIDA ST - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games29-7+13.417-1916-1775.435.644.4%37.667.031.340.7%32.7
Road Games13-6+4.49-107-1171.935.143.0%38.166.931.240.3%33.4
Last 5 Games4-1+53-23-272.634.842.8%
FLORIDA ST Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)75.435.626-5944.4%7-2233.7%16-2174.6%381013197134
vs opponents surrendering68.732.124-5842.3%7-2332.7%12-1870.8%34913186133
Team Stats (Road Games)71.935.125-5843.0%7-2234.4%15-2074.2%381013207145
Stats Against (All Games)67.031.323-5640.7%7-2233.4%14-2072.1%33810185143
vs opponents averaging73.134.626-5844.4%8-2334.1%14-1971.5%36914176134
Stats Against (Road Games)66.931.222-5540.3%7-2132.7%16-2272.7%33710186134

GONZAGA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games32-3+4.222-1317-1888.643.053.2%38.964.829.238.7%32.2
Road Games15-3+4.29-99-985.039.352.5%37.370.231.341.1%32.3
Last 5 Games4-1+13-22-377.239.852.1%36.061.825.440.6%29.8
GONZAGA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)88.643.032-6153.2%8-2136.6%16-2276.2%39918168105
vs opponents surrendering70.63325-5744.0%7-2134.2%14-1971.2%34813186133
Team Stats (Road Games)85.039.331-6052.5%8-2136.4%14-1974.0%37917176105
Stats Against (All Games)64.829.224-6138.7%6-2130.5%11-1669.3%32910195142
vs opponents averaging7334.326-5745.0%8-2234.9%14-1972.0%35913186133
Stats Against (Road Games)70.231.325-6141.1%7-2233.7%12-1773.0%32910185122
Average power rating of opponents played: FLORIDA ST 82.5,  GONZAGA 76.1
FLORIDA ST - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/13/2019WAKE FOREST88-66W-18W142.5O35-6256.5%43922-5738.6%279
2/16/2019@ GEORGIA TECH69-47W-7W130.5U25-6439.1%501416-5927.1%3814
2/19/2019@ CLEMSON77-64W2.5W130.5O29-6048.3%431223-6038.3%3211
2/23/2019@ N CAROLINA59-77L7L161U18-5930.5%321026-6142.6%4710
2/25/2019NOTRE DAME68-61W-11.5L140U25-5644.6%401422-5639.3%269
3/2/2019NC STATE78-73W-7.5L153U26-5448.1%371624-5940.7%3012
3/5/2019VIRGINIA TECH73-64W-5W136.5O22-5837.9%32722-5341.5%3714
3/9/2019@ WAKE FOREST65-57W-11.5L142U24-5642.9%44916-6126.2%458
3/14/2019*VIRGINIA TECH65-63W1W135U22-5738.6%431726-5944.1%309
3/23/2019*MURRAY ST90-62W-4W146.5O36-7150.7%451220-6132.8%3313

GONZAGA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/7/2019SAN FRANCISCO92-62W-19W151O32-6450.0%461026-6738.8%3412
2/9/2019ST MARYS-CA94-46W-17W148.5U35-6058.3%42615-5825.9%3111
2/14/2019@ LOYOLA-MARYMOUNT73-60W-21.5L138U23-5046.0%351025-6637.9%365
2/16/2019@ SAN DIEGO79-67W-16L149U32-5558.2%351023-5839.7%269
2/28/2019@ PACIFIC86-66W-23L141O33-5560.0%34823-6237.1%2812
3/2/2019@ ST MARYS-CA69-55W-9.5W143U28-5352.8%301023-5740.4%3013
3/12/2019*ST MARYS-CA47-60L-14.5L139U18-4837.5%271223-5145.1%3411
3/21/2019*FARLEIGH DICKINSON87-49W-28.5W152.5U34-6453.1%471115-5030.0%3017
3/28/2019*FLORIDA ST              
FLORIDA ST: Last season: 23-12, reached third Elite Eight in school history.
Nickname: Seminoles.
Coach: Leonard Hamilton.
Conference: Atlantic Coast.
Who's gone: Guard Braian Angola (graduated, will play for Orlando Magic's G League team in Lakeland), guard C.J. Walker (transfer to Ohio State), center Ike Obiagu (transfer to Seton Hall), forward Brandon Allen (graduated).
Who's back: The Seminoles return seven of their top nine scorers and their top five rebounders. But the team's leading scorer, senior F Phil Cofer, is out for at least six weeks after suffering a foot injury in practice. Cofer led FSU in scoring (12.8 points) and was second in rebounding (5.1) in 2017-18. Senior G Terance Mann is a versatile scorer who is coming off his best season (12.6 points and team-leading 5.4 rebounds). Trent Forrest steps into the starting point guard role, and the junior drives the lane through traffic with confidence. The rising star is sophomore F Mfiondu Kabengele, who averaged 7.2 points and 4.6 rebounds last season. Senior G P.J. Savoy is a sparkplug off the bench who knocked down 50 three-pointers last season.
Who's new: Florida State landed graduate transfer David Nichols, who averaged 14.6 points last season, from Albany. Freshman guard Devin Vassell averaged 16.7 points per game as a senior at Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge.
The Skinny: Florida State has the length, depth and athleticism to compete with any of the ACC teams. Cofer's injury is a significant setback but he could return ahead of the start of ACC play in January.
Expectations: The Seminoles face a challenging schedule against seven teams ranked in the AP's preseason top 25, not to mention rivalry games against Florida and Miami, but should be able to win 20 games for a fourth straight season. A third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament is also likely.
GONZAGA: Last season: 32-5, reached the Sweet Sixteen for fourth consecutive season
Nickname: Bulldogs
Coach: Mark Few
Conference: West Coast
Who's gone: Forward Johnathan Williams, guard Silas Melson.
Who's back: NBA hopefuls Rui Hachimura and Killian Tillie, starting guard Josh Perkins (12.3 points) and late season hero Zach Norvell Jr. (12.7 points). Hachimura came off the bench last year, but his raw athleticism excited pro scouts. Jeremy Jones and Corey Kispert also return.
Who's new: Brandon Clarke becomes eligible after transferring from San Jose State, where he averaged 17.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game as a sophomore. "He's easily the most athletic guy I have ever played with," Perkins said. Graduate transfer Geno Crandall is coming from North Dakota, where he averaged 16.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game last year.
The Skinny: The Zags' No. 3 ranking in the AP preseason poll is the highest in their history, and this team on paper has a chance to reach the national title game.
Expectations: Las Vegas odds-makers have the Zags at 15-2 odds to win the NCAA Tournament, trailing only Duke and Kentucky. They are expected to win the West Coast Conference.
Gonzaga, Florida State set for Sweet 16 rematch

Florida State beat Gonzaga in last season's Sweet 16, and folks on the Bulldogs' side will be quick to point out that they didn't have starting big man Killian Tillie.

Gonzaga expects to have a healthy Tillie for this season's Sweet 16 rematch Thursday in the West Region in Anaheim, Calif.

But he won't be the biggest difference when the top-seeded Bulldogs (32-3) take on the fourth-seeded Seminoles (29-7) in a battle of deep, experienced teams with length and athleticism.

The difference-maker in 2019 could very well be Brandon Clarke.

The 6-foot-8 junior transfer from San Jose State leads the nation in field-goal percentage (69.9) and is tied for third in blocks per game (3.1). He dominated with 36 points, eight rebounds and five blocks, while shooting 15 of 18 from the field, as the Bulldogs turned away Baylor 83-71 in a second-round game on Saturday.

Last season, Clarke watched Gonzaga-FSU on TV.

"It's been something that's been really fun for me," he said of his first season of eligibility at Gonzaga. "This is easily the most fun I've had playing ball ever. So, I'm really blessed to have the chance to come here and to play for the Zags. Obviously, it was tough last year not playing."

Doing what he did against undersized Baylor is one thing; doing it against Florida State's powerful, tall trees such as 6-foot-10 forward Mfiondu Kabengele (team-high 13.4 points per game) and 7-4 Christ Koumadje will be something else entirely. FSU's usual rotation includes three others who are at least 6-7, including Phil Cofer.

All kinds of emotions are wrapped up in Cofer, who missed the first two games of the NCAA Tournament because of a foot injury and learned after Thursday's first-round win over Vermont that his father, former NFL linebacker Michael Cofer, had died after a long illness.

Florida State players honored their teammate's father with badges or messages on their warmup shirts, jerseys and shoes.

Coach Leonard Hamilton told 97.9 ESPN Radio in Tallahassee, Fla., on Monday that Cofer would not be available Thursday, and would not likely be with the team if it advanced to play in the West Region final.

"We're going to respect Phil during this tragedy and the passing of his father," Hamilton told Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports. "He knows where we are, and we know where he is. We're here for him."

Cofer is averaging 7.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 26.2 minutes per game, starting 19 of his 22 games. He had seven points when Florida State defeated the Bulldogs 75-60 in Los Angeles in last season's Sweet 16.

Tillie, a starter last season, is now coming off bench behind Clarke and All-American Rui Hachimura (team-high 19.7 points per game) in a terrific frontcourt rotation. Tillie has been slowed by two foot injuries this season but returned four games ago.

Gonzaga coach Mark Few said it was "a crushing blow to us, emotionally" when the team found out in warmups that Tillie couldn't go in last season's Sweet 16 due to a hip injury.

"Florida State was really good that night," Few said. "I don't know if we could have beaten them with Killian, but I know he would have really, really helped."

Gonzaga is making its fifth consecutive Sweet 16 appearance, the longest streak in the nation, which includes a run to the 2017 national title game. Few has said this is his best team in transition; the Bulldogs have the nation's most efficient offense, according to KenPom.com

Florida State has the size and depth to match up and is battle-tested through its ACC slate, as well as with nonconference victories over LSU and Purdue.

"I thought they were really, really under-seeded," Few said. "I have watched them a bunch this year, and they've had a great year. I thought they'd end up on the 2 line, and to see them at 4, that's kind of tough."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 7/16/2019 2:09:05 AM EST

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