NCAA Tournament Picks & Preview — Florida State Seminoles vs. Michigan Wolverines
There is nothing that is not impressive about what the Florida State Seminoles have done thus far in the NCAA Tournament. And they are doing it with practically their whole roster. Now they are getting ready to make a huge leap, as they square off against the Michigan Wolverines for the trip to San Antonio as part of the Final Four. This game is scheduled to get underway at 8:49 PM ET at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. And if you are a BetAnySports customer, you can get reduced juice prior to the game starting, and then, after the opening tip, you will enjoy real-time wagering through the phenomenon known as Live Betting Ultra.
The Seminoles might have caught a break in their first game, as Missouri was bringing back Michael Porter Jr. and he may have still been a little rusty. They went on a 41-13 run in the first half and rolled to a 67-54 victory. Then it was time to get some revenge against Xavier, who had beaten them by a 91-66 margin in last year’s Big Dance. Again, an 18-4 run, this time in the second half, brought them from behind and brought them a win. They had conquered the #1 seed in the region. And then against Gonzaga, last year’s national runner-up, they spread things out pretty well and controlled the action, beating the ‘Zags by a 75-60 count.
Michigan had taken some momentum into the Big Ten tournament, where they won the title by beating both Michigan State and Purdue. And in the Big Dance, they have been the beneficiaries of a little luck, like when Jordan Poole sank the buzzer-beater to defeat Houston, and then showed dominance against Texas A&M, going up by 28 points at the half and jogging home for a 99-72 victory, beating a team that had sliced and diced North Carolina in the previous game. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had 24 points, and there was a 21-point contribution from Mo Wagner, who is one of those big men who can supply a lot of firepower from the perimeter.
In the odds at BetAnySports by which we will make our NCAA Tournament picks, the Wolverines are the favorites:
Michigan Wolverines -4.5
Florida State Seminoles +4.5
Over 143.5 points -110
Under 143.5 points -110
Michigan has won twelve straight games, and they have done so using a formula that includes managing the pace very well at both ends of the floor. They have go-to guys like the aforementioned Wagner and Charles Matthews, the Kentucky transfer, and they do not rattle; the Maize and Blue is the second-best team in the country with regard to offensive turnover percentage.
Florida State isn’t a team that needs to force TO’s from the opponent; they would rather take away what they can do on the inside. This is a team with size, and they’re 17th-best at defending two-point shots. They can put imposing shot-blockers on the floor like Christ Koumadje and Ike Obiagu, even if it is for only short spurts. What’s been interesting for Leonard Hamilton’s club is that they will field a number of different combinations, so they aren’t showing anything for too long. They went to eleven players against Gonzaga, and Terance Mann, who has apparently rebounded nicely from a groin injury, was the only guy in double-digits for a team that scored 75.
They are fresh, and they haven’t been any less impressive than Michigan. So why not take the points with the ‘Noles?
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