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FSU basketball opens as a distinct underdog vs. top-seeded Gonzaga

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NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-West Regional-Florida State vs Gonzaga Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday night’s Sweet Sixteen matchup between 4-seed Florida State and the 1-seed Gonzaga Bulldogs will feature a couple of firsts for the Seminoles in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. After wins over the 13-seed Vermont Catamounts and the 12-seed Murray State Racers, the ’Noles will face their first single-digit seed of the tourney. And they’ll do so as an underdog for the first time in this year’s big dance.

The Bulldogs have opened as a 7-point favorite over FSU in a rematch of a West region Sweet Sixteen game that the Seminoles won impressively in last year’s tournament. Of course, the Zags were favored in that game as well. But both of these teams are better than they were last year. Gonzaga and Florida State were seeded 4th and 9th last year, respectively.

We'll keep an eye on the point-spread during the week and let you know how it fluctuates approaching game day.