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The (26-7) and Number-Fourteen Seed Florida Gulf Coast Eagles of the Atlantic Sun Conference will take a short bus ride to the ” LAND OF DISNEY” for their first round matchup of the 2017 March Madness NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Florida Gulf Coast play’s (25-8) and three seed Florida State Seminoles of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2017 (First Round) NCAA Basketball March Madness Tournament action.
Tip-off is 9:20 PM EST on the TNT Television Network. The game is on Thursday. March 16, 2017.
The teams will play at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando, Florida.
The best Sports Handicapper believes the Florida Gulf Coast Basketball program is on the rise again post-Andy Enfield era.
Florida Gulf Coast will have plenty of fans in the stands as students will make the short trip from Fort Myers.
Florida State has the talent to make a Final Four run in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
The Seminoles show the world they can play efficient away from Tallahassee.
The Opening Betting Line has the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles as an Eleven And A Half-Point Underdog Against The Point Spread on a neutral court. The Betting Odds Total is 147-Points for Thursday’s contest.
The 2017 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles won three in a row to capture the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.
Florida Gulf Coast is not the high-scoring team they were when they upset Georgetown a few years ago in March Madness.
Junior Guard Brandon Goodwin is the spark plug that makes the offense run with efficiency.
The Eagle wants to play at a slow pace and Goodwin will be overmatched against the taller Florida State guards.
Former Kansas Jayhawks assistant Joe Dooley has seen every scenario in the NCAA Tournament.
Dooley will have his team ready to try to pull off the upset, and it’s possible. Orlando should not be an advantage for either team as the distance is about the same from Fort Myers to Orlando as it is from Tallahassee to “O” TOWN.”
However, Florida State has a larger fan base in the Sunshine State.
The key to a Florida Gulf Coast victory is to make Florida State play out of sync and drain the shot clock.
Bovada.Lv, list the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles at +100,000 to win the 2017 NCAA March Madness Tournament Championship.
The Florida State Seminoles got a bye in the first round of the 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
Florida State beat Virginia Tech in the second round before bowing to Notre Dame in the next round.
The Seminoles have talent at every position and a few NBA caliber players. Sophomore Guard Dwayne Bacon leads the “NOLES” in scoring.
Backcourt mate Xavier Rathan-Mayes is capable of taking the team to new heights in the month of March.
Freshman Forward Jonathan Isaac is the teams leading rebounder who can also take the defender on the perimeter. Isaac, a possible lottery pick in the 2017 NBA draft.
Veteran Head Coach Leonard Hamilton has one of his most talent teams since his tenure at the Institute.
The key to a Florida State win is to play patient on offense and expose their strengths which they have at every position.
Bovada.Lv, list the 2017 Florida State Seminoles at +2,800 to win the NCAA March Madness Tournament.
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