Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Florida St. Seminoles
The Florida State Seminoles take the hardwood with the Minnesota Golden Gophers in an NIT semifinal. The Golden Gophers are -1 point favorites over the Seminoles with an over/under point total set at 132.
The Seminoles have played well at both ends of the floor in periods through three wins in the NIT which has been good enough to reach the semifinals. It was their offense that did the damage in a 78-75 decision in the quarters versus a solid Louisiana Tech squad Wednesday although the defense had a hand in the success as well. Nearly 45% shooting put up enough points but 15 turnovers led to 15 more Bulldogs looks which boosted their 35.6% accuracy. The one, two punch of Aaron Thomas and Okaro White combined for 41 points and 17 rebounds with Devon Bookert and Montay Brandon adding 21 points and five yanks apiece.
Through three games in the NIT Minnesota has scored when needed and defended when needed although the offense took the leading role in an 81-73 victory over a dangerous Southern Mississippi in a quarterfinal match up on Tuesday. The Golden Gophers sank half their looks and were a near perfect 19-21 from the charity stripe to hold off the 44% shooting Golden Eagles. Austin Hollins was the offensive star with a game high 32 points including a 6-12 mark on threes followed by Joey King with 15 while Maurice Walker added 12 points and nine rebounds as the Golden Gophers went with a seven man rotation.
I nteresting match up with both teams putting up similar numbers. Minnesota has played a tough schedule and the Seminoles have as well but I simply feel the Golden Gophers are a better team.
Minnesota Golden Gophers -1 Florida St. Seminoles