The No. 9 seed Florida State Seminoles (22-11, 9-9) will play the No. 4 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs (32-4, 17-1) in the Sweet 16 of the 2018 NCAA Tournament in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 22.
Find game time, information and a preview below:
Florida State-Gonzaga basketball game time, information
- Time: 10:07 p.m. ET
- Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018
- Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles
What TV channel is Florida State-Gonzaga basketball on?
Florida State’s 2018 NCAA Tournament basketball game against Gonzaga will air on TBS.
- AT&T U-verse: Channel 1112 (HD)
- DirecTV: Channel 247 (HD)
- Dish Network: Channel 139 (HD)
- Cablevision: Channel 39
How can I watch Florida State-Gonzaga basketball online?
Florida State-Gonzaga betting odds
Gonzaga (-250) is the favorite with a 5.5-point spread. The over/under is 154, per ESPN.
Florida State-Gonzaga basketball preview
Florida State became one of four ACC teams to advance into the Sweet 16 over the weekend, upsetting No. 1-seed Xavier 75-70 on Sunday night.
Unlike their opening tournament game, a blowout win against Missouri, the Seminoles needed a furious rally to knock off the Musketeers. Florida State rallied from a 12-point deficit, taking its first lead of the second half with just over minute remaining in the game.
Yet again, it was total team effort that pushed the Seminoles past their foe, with five players finishing the night in double-digits, including three off the bench.
Senior forward Phil Cofer and senior guard Braian Angola were critical for the starting unit, scoring 10 and 15 points, respectively. Angola filled up the stat sheet, chipping in 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals over a team-high 36 minutes.
Sophomore guard Trent Forrest added 14 points with 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists while junior guards PJ Savoy (11 points) and junior guard Terance Mann (10 points) weren’t far behind.
Few expected Florida State to knock off Missouri in the first round, and even fewer thought Florida State had a chance to knock off the top seed in the region in the second round, especially after losing to that same Xavier team by 25 points in the NCAA Tournament last year. But it’s a been a weird one, the maddest of Marches, where really anything can happen.
Florida State had wins over No. 5 Florida, No. 12 North Carolina and an overtime thriller over No. 11 Clemson in the regular season. The Seminoles also had losses against No. 4 Duke, No. 15 Miami, No. 2 Virginia and No. 18 Clemson. They were hot, then cold for much of the season.
Florida State entered the tournament with three losses in its last four games. Suddenly, the Seminoles are on the brink of an Elite Eight berth. That is if they can knock off No. 4 Gonzaga.
Unlike Florida State, there’s been no question of Gonzaga’s dominance.
Even in the opening NCAA Tournament matchup against No. 13 UNC-Greensboro, when the Bulldogs needed a go-ahead 3-pointer with just 20 seconds left in the game, there seemed to be a calmness with the program. That’s what happens when you win 16 consecutive games and 23 of 24.
The Bulldogs rebounded in the second round, with a smooth 90-84 win over No. 5 Ohio State.
After the starters carried the Bulldogs to a win in their opening contest, it was starting freshman guard Zach Norvell Jr. and sophomore forward Rui Hachimura off the bench that took over for Gonzaga against the Buckeyes.
Norvell Jr. finished with a game-high 28 points and 12 rebounds, while Hachimura scored a career-high 25 points on 9 of 11 shooting.
It was the kind of game that displayed the all-around talent Gonzaga has, another reason the Bulldogs are in familiar territory, gunning for another National Championship game berth.
The Bulldogs have made the NCAA Tournament every year since 1998-99.
Gonzaga played in the National Championship game last year, losing to North Carolina 71-65. That was the Bulldogs’ lone title game berth. Gonzaga has made the regional final two other times (2014-15 and 1998-99).
Florida State was knocked out of the tournament in the second round last year. The Seminoles have made it to the national championship game just once, losing in 1971-72. They only made one other appearance in the regional final in 1992-93.
The winner between Florida State-Gonzaga faces off against the winner of No. 3 Michigan against No. 7 Texas A&M in Los Angeles in the Elite Eight.
ESPN’s matchup predictor lists Gonzaga as a 76.5 percent favorite to beat Florida State.
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