Florida State meets Cincinnati in an East Regional third-round game Sunday in Nashville.
The third-seeded Seminoles, who avoided the upset bid of St. Bonaventure Friday 66-63, are favored by a point and a half over the sixth-seeded Bearcats, who took care of Texas Friday 65-59.
The Seminoles opened as small 1.5-point favorites at TopBet and the total of 126.5 was best for OVER bettors at $5DIMES-LINKS$ earlier Sunday.
The Seminoles currently sports a 25-9 record overall in NCAA basketball East Regional action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 18-14 ATS. The Bearcats are 25-10 and 16-13 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Seminoles produce a 17-14-1 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Bearcats have gone 13-16 against the number.
Bettors looking to side with Florida State in this one will find them as 1.5-point favorites at TopBet (check out their Sweet 16 Special offer).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Seminoles sit at No. 13 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bearcats sit at No. 48 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Seminoles will win this game 75-73.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Florida State's No. 119-ranked offense, averaging 70.2 PPG, against a Bearcats defense that ranks No. 35 at 61.1 PPG. The Seminoles field goal percentage has averaged 45.8% so far, more than the Bearcats marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.1% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Cincinnati owns the country's No. 64-rated mark, allowing 65.2 points per game on the highway. Florida State, on the other hand, rates No. 138 in scoring at home.
Cincinnati was a 65-59 winner in their most recent outing at home against Texas. They covered the 3.5-point spread as favorites. Cincinnati got 15 points from Yancy Gates en route to a 65-59 victory over Texas on Friday at Bridgestone Arena.
Florida State was a 66-63 winner in their most recent outing at home against St. Bonaventure. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as favorites. Florida State earned a 66-63 victory over St. Bonaventure on Friday, getting 19 points from Bernard James at Bridgestone Arena.