Florida State Upsets Xavier

The Musketeers didn't get the chance to run away this time around after they took a 12-point lead.

Florida State picked up a shocking win by knocking Xavier out of the tournament in order to reach the Sweet 16.

Come Thursday, No. 3 MI will be the highest-seeded team playing on that day. The Seminoles are coming off 67-54 win over Missouri and 75-70 win over Xavier.

We reported the Noles opened as four point underdogs against Xavier which was telling, but only real gamblers were giving FSU a shot to cover much less win the game.

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Rewind to exactly a year from the day and FSU suffered one of its worst losses of the season to Xavier, a unit that had made a deep run into the Elite 8 last season.

Savoy also hit a pair of free throws with 21.6 seconds left putting Florida State up 73-70. The Seminoles hit on 86.4 percent (19-of-22) while the Musketeers hit just 19-of-30 (63.3 percent). The Seminoles are connecting on eight three pointers a night while shooting 35.3 percent from three point range. Angola's 3 on the other end was off and Christ Koumadje was called for an offensive foul on Bluiett - the replay didn't show much contact at all - and the Xavier senior made both free throws on the other end to give Xavier a 34-32 lead at the break. Terance Mann is third on the Seminoles with 12.7 points plus 5.5 boards a night. CJ Walker, Mfiondy Kabengele, M.J.

The victory was a measure of revenge for Florida State.

Even with Xavier making 10 of its first 14 shots, the Seminoles hung around and eventually took a three-point lead on an Angola 3-pointer with less than a minute remaining. The Bulldogs ran their record to 32-4 overall after a 17-1 record in the West Coast Conference with the victory. Marshall star Jon Elmore had more turnovers than points in the first half and was held to 15 points after scoring 27 points in the upset of Wichita State. Gonzaga is 14 in rebounding with 39.8 boards a night and stands 58 with 15.5 assists per contest.

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Buffalo: The Bulls continue to improve to 25-0 in games where they lead at halftime and are 16-2 when scoring 80 points or more. Gonzaga seems to have flaws, but have been a nice tournament team. They knocked us out. Josh Perkins (12.4 ppg, 5.3 assists), Zach Norvell Jr. Silas Melson (9.3 points) and Corey Kispert each score better than 6.8 points a night for the Bulldogs. "Sometimes you have games that you just can't get a rhythm".

Forrest made some of his biggest plays at the most important times last week.

Gonzaga is a 5-point favorite on the opening line, while the game's Over/Under (O/U) opened at 154 points.

"As a matter of fact, during those moments where it appeared to be more challenging, they were challenging each other, in an extremely aggressive way, and in each other's face with a lot more determined attitude".

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Syracuse has won three straight since being sent to Dayton for the First Four as what the selection committee chairman acknowledged was the final team to receive an at-large bid.


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