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Noles vs. Eagles, trip to the Sweet 16 on the line. Game Thread right here.

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#2 seed Florida State takes on #7 seed Florida Gulf Coast University tonight in a NCAA Tournament Round of 32 match-up. The winner books a trip to the Sweet 16 in Greensboro, NC later this week. Tip is slated for 6 PM ET on ESPNU.

Here are some snippets from the preview we put out a couple of days ago:

Florida Gulf Coast (30-2, 14-0 A-Sun):

A #7 seed in Tallahassee the Eagles are a very good team (ranked #20 in AP Poll) that comes in perhaps a tad under-seeded. FGCU has won 30 games this season and have some good wins on the year. They are led by the one-two scoring punch of A-Sun Player of the Year Whitney Knight (14.9 PPG) and 1st Team All A-Sun guard Kaneisha Atwater (14.0 PPG). In addition they have shooters everywhere, and make 10 threes a game as a team. The knock on the Eagles is that they haven't played a strong schedule (#81 nationally) and breezed through a weak conference. Will they be able to handle playing stronger teams? Time will tell, but it's a squad that can legitimately get to the Sweet 16.

*Defeated #10 seed Oklahoma State 75-67 in First Round.

Florida State (29-4, 14-2 ACC)

The Noles are a #2 seed and have had a special season under National Coach of the Year Sue Semrau. FSU is deep, talented, and hungry as they have the tools to legitimately make a run at the Final Four. Florida State has five girls averaging double figures and has many options to lead the team night in and night out. Adut Bulgak (12.5 PPG, 9.7 RPG) and Maegan Conwright (11.7 PPG) are the two top scorers. However, the Noles have great depth with little drop off as the game wears. This Seminole team shoots the three-ball well, rebounds phenomenally, and will be playing at home where they are 14-0 in 2015. What could prevent Florida State from advancing to the Sweet 16 will be poor free-throw shooting and a high turnover rate. If the Noles can minimize their weaknesses in those departments, they have an excellent shot at a very deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

*Defeated #15 seed Alabama State 91-49 in First Round.