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FSU Has Some Issues To Fix Ahead of Round of 32

Florida State was nearly brought to the brink of elimination against Florida Gulf Coast in its first game of the NCAAB tournament. And though the Seminoles ultimately won, they have some concerns that need to be addressed before they take on Xavier on Saturday.

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  • Xavier is 3-0 ATS in its last 3 games against teams with winning records.
  • Xavier is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games against the ACC.
  • FSU is 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games with 1 day off between games.

FSU turned the ball over a lot, shot an abysmal 2-for-13 from deep, struggled at the charity stripe and watched a late double-digit lead evaporate against FGCU. However, it wasn’t all bad thanks to the Seminoles’ dominant play in the paint, as the team shot 55.6 overall and had a plus-20 rebound differential. Dwayne Bacon certainly did his part, with the guard notching 25 points and nine rebounds while shooting 64.7 percent from the field.

If you ever needed a case for shooters shoot, look no further than Trevon Bluiett’s performance against Maryland in the opening round. The guard missed his first seven shots and had just three points entering halftime but, not to be discouraged, Bluiett went 6-for-7 with 18 points in the second half. The Musketeers were impressive defensively against the Terps, as Xavier held Maryland to 40.7 percent from the field and 25.9 percent from deep.

Xavier Musketeers vs Florida State Seminoles Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Florida State Seminoles battles the Xavier Musketeers, currently sitting with a 22-13 mark (16-18 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals betting, are 18-16 for the Florida State Seminoles and 16-18 for the Xavier Musketeers.

The Seminoles - Musketeers odds would favor the Seminoles if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Florida State is rated No. 30 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Xavier is at No. 209.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Xavier Musketeers rank No. 67 in NCAA Basketball Division 1 with 37.49 per game. That compares with Florida State’s No. 47 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Florida State is college basketball's No. 183-ranked team at 6.74 per game, while the Xavier Musketeers rate No. 160 with 7.09 per game.

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Xavier got 21 points from Trevon Bluiett en route to a 76-65 victory over Maryland on Thursday at Amway Center.

Florida State got 25 points from Dwayne Bacon en route to a 86-80 victory over Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday at Amway Center.