Florida State Seminoles vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Picks


Florida State Seminoles vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Picks

The #3 seeded Seminoles and #6 seeded Bearcats both won in the 2nd round. Florida State beat St. Bonnies 66-63 and they didn’t cover the point spread while the Bearcats won 65-59 and covered their small spread against Texas.

Cincinnati opened up a massive lead against the Longhorns, but they almost blew it in the 2nd half. The Bearcats were forced to make some free throws at the end of the game, but they didn’t falter under pressure. Yancy Gates is playing spectacular ball at the moment and he led the Bearcats with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Florida State didn’t make it easy on themselves in the 2nd round, but they beat St. Bonnies. Bernard James led the scoring for the Seminoles with 19 points and he also led the team with 9 rebounds. FSU made their run when they had to, but they shouldn’t have been in a position to need to make a big run like they did.

The Seminoles opened up as -2.5 point favourites and are now sitting as -3.5 point favourites. Florida State is a more talented team than the Bearcats, but the Seminoles always seem to play down to their opponents’ level.

Both teams shot poorly in the 2nd round and will need to shoot better from the field. The Seminoles went 24-53 from the field and made 7 of 19 3’s, which helped them climb back into the game. Cincinnati only hit 3-16 3-point shots against Texas and if they can hit more 3-pointers it should make for a very good game.

The battle in the paint is going to be good in this game. Bernard James and Yancy Gates both had big games in round 2 and will be needed by their teams in this game. The guard battle is going to be close and will decide this game in my opinion. Snaer is the PG on FSU and he had 0 points against the St. Bonnies. If he wakes up against the Bearcats then FSU wins this game and covers.

I like the favourite to cover here. Florida State is still playing great basketball even though they didn’t look that good against the Bonnies in round 2. Cincinnati is hot right now as well, but when it comes down to it the Seminoles are a better team. With a trip to the S16 on the line in this game I expect FSU to bring their A game after almost laying an egg against St. Bonaventure.

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