Xavier vs FSU Second Round Betting Odds, Pick & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on March 17, 2017 in

Eleventh-seeded Xavier (22-13) knocked off sixth-seeded Maryland in the first round of the NCAA men’s tournament, 76-65, on Thursday, and now they take on third-seeded Florida State (26-8) in the round of 32. The Seminoles advanced with an 86-80 win over 14th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast University on Thursday night. Let’s take a closer look at the NCAAB odds for the game.

Xavier vs FSU Second Round Betting Odds, Pick & TV Info

When: Saturday, March 18, 2017, 6:10pm ET
Where: Amway Center, Orlando
TV: TNT
RadioXavier / FSU
Live Stream: March Madness Live
NCAAB Odds: FSU at -6

Why should you bet on the Musketeers?

Xavier got away with some poor ball security against Maryland, coughing up 15 turnovers. That’s higher than their season average, and they’ll have to do a better job against an opportunistic Seminole squad. Sean O’Mara was a beat on the boards, pulling down seven rebounds, and he also went 8 for 9 from the charity stripe. Xavier kept their players going to the line in a parade, a testament to their commitment to penetrating to the rim. If they can keep that emphasis on rebounding and penetration, they will give the Seminoles fits, as they rotate the ball with more discipline than Florida Gulf Coast did.

Why should you put your money on the Seminoles?

One reason why Florida State couldn’t pull away from Florida Gulf Coast was their 2 for 13 performance from downtown. When that inside out game works, the Seminoles have to be able to make those shots. They also struggled from the free-throw line — they took 39 free throws, but they only made 24 of them. Xavier won’t give them as many free-throw shooting opportunities, so they have to make all they can get. Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Jonathan Isaac were forces inside for the Seminoles, and they need to repeat that performance to beat the Musketeers.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

Xavier is more disciplined on both offense and defense, and their rebounding shows more discipline as well. This will go right down to the wire, but I like Xavier to pull out a 71-67 victory.