NIT Semifinal: Minnesota vs. Fla State
A pair of No. 1 seeds will meet in a semifinal matchup at the NIT on April 1 as the Minnesota Golden Gophers take on the Florida State Seminoles at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Minnesota defeated High Point, Saint Mary's, and Southern Miss in their first three games of the NIT, while Florida State beat Florida Gulf Coast, Georgetown, and Louisiana Tech.
The Seminoles currently sport a 22-13 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 18-14-1 ATS. The Golden Gophers are 23-13 and 15-16-2 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Seminoles produce a 15-18 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Golden Gophers have gone 14-18 against the number.
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 238-ranked Seminoles and the No. 248-rated Golden Gophers in this matchup.
Minnesota was an 81-73 winner in their most recent outing at home against Southern Miss. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites. Austin Hollins poured in a team-high 32 points for Minnesota on Tuesday, as they defeated Southern Miss 81-73 at Williams Arena.
Florida State won its last outing, a 78-75 result against Louisiana Tech on March 26. They earned a push in that game as a 3-point favorite. The Seminoles grabbed a 78-75 win over the Bulldogs on Wednesday, behind a 21-point effort from Aaron Thomas at Tucker Center.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Golden Gophers is ranked No. 167 in NCAA hoops at 34 per game. Contrast that with Florida State’s No. 140 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Florida State is the No. 191-ranked team in the country at 5.34 per game, while Minnesota rates No. 66 at 7.11 per game.
A few Golden Gophers at Seminoles trends to consider:
Minnesota is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Minnesota is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
Florida State is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Florida State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Florida State's last 10 games