Colorado at Florida State: 3/22/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Florida State Seminoles (17-6) vs UNC Colorado Buffaloes (23-8)
Game Info: Monday, March 22, 2021 at 7:45 PM (Indiana Farmers Coliseum)
Betting Odds: Florida State Seminoles -1.5 -- Over/Under: 138.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Colorado Buffaloes and Florida State Seminoles will square off this Monday in the 2nd round of the East Region in the NCAA Tournament.
The 5-seed Colorado Buffaloes (23-8) had no issues advancing to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament after defeating the 12-seed Georgetown Hoyas, 96-73, on Saturday afternoon. Colorado had one of their best performances of the season on the offensive end and had no trouble picking up the victory after going into halftime with a 47-23 lead. Colorado shot 60.7% from the field and 64.0% from beyond the arc while Georgetown shot 39.7% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc. Colorado was outrebounded by Georgetown by a 29-28 margin while both the Buffaloes and Hoyas each committed 12 turnovers. Leading the way for the Buffaloes was McKinley Wright IV who had a double-double with 12 points, 13 assists, & 5 rebounds.
On the season, Colorado is averaging 73.0 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 36.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Colorado has been led by McKinley Wright IV (15.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Jeriah Horne (11.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg), Evan Battey (10.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.0 apg), & D’Shawn Schwartz (8.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.0 apg).
Defensively, Colorado is holding their opponents to an average of 63.3 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes have a rebound margin of 4.2 and a turnover margin of 2.0.
The 4-seed Florida State Seminoles (17-6) was able to advance to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament after defeating the 13-seed UNC-Greensboro Spartans, 64-54, on Sunday afternoon. Florida State was outstanding on the defensive end against UNC-Greensboro and was able to pull away late in the 2nd half after a Balsa Koprivica layup gave the Seminoles a 57-50 lead with 2:05 left in regulation. Florida State shot 52.0% from the field, however, struggled from beyond the arc, going 0-9 from three-point range. The Seminoles held UNC-Greensboro to just 31.7% from the field and 25.9% from beyond the arc. Florida State lost the turnover battle by a 15-10 margin, however, did outrebound UNC-Greensboro by a 38-32 margin. Leading the way for the Seminoles was Raiquan Gray who had 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, & 1 block.
On the season, Florida State is averaging 78.9 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field. The Seminoles are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 39.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Florida State has been led by M.J. Walker (13.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.4 apg), RaiQuan Gray (12.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.4 spg), Scottie Barnes (11.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.5 spg), & Anthony Polite (9.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.2 spg).
Defensively, Florida State is allowing their opponents to average 70.3 ppg on 39.8% shooting from the field. The Seminoles have a rebound margin of 4.5 and a turnover margin of -0.5.
The Buffaloes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Monday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Seminoles are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games and just 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Florida State is a solid team, however, it’s hard not to like the Buffaloes as they have the perfect recipe for a deep run in the tournament as they have a defense that can keep people off the scoreboard, an offense that hits threes and knock down over 82% of their FT’s, and a great point guard in McKinley Wright IV. Florida State has a good offense, however, it was a bit concerning seeing them struggle from beyond the arc and as I think the Buffaloes will have success offensively against the Seminoles 180th ranked scoring defense, I think the play here is to take Colorado to win this one outright. Good Luck!