Photo: flickr Writer: Eric Daniel
Florida State has had a challenging path to the Elite Eight getting past the likes of Missouri, Xavier, and Gonzaga, and things don’t get any easier for the Noles today taking on the Wolverines. Florida State has slowed things down a bit in the NCAA tournament and their defense has started to become a difference maker giving up well below their season averages in opponents’ scoring. On the year FSU has generally been more of an offensive force ranking 35th in the nation in scoring compared to 199th in total defense.
Michigan has been our sleeper team for the better part of the past couple months and this group continues to show growth under head coach Beilein even at this point in the year. Michigan got lucky in their Houston win, but the Wolverines got right back on track in their last outing dominating Texas A&M in the 99-72 victory. This was a crazy result considering Michigan had put up just 64 and 61 points respectively in their tournament opening wins. Michigan has been a defense first team this season ranking 9th in the nation in points allowed and 158th in scoring.
Michigan and Florida State came through for us against the spread in their respective prior outings and both teams are coming into the Elite Eight with a lot of momentum. Given their offensive advantages we like FSU to keep things competitive as the Noles go on to cover the spread.
Florida State +5 -110