Florida State vs. Murray State Betting Guide: Can Seminoles Slow Ja Morant?


USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Murray State Racers guard Ja Morant (12), Florida State Seminoles guard Terance Mann (14).

Mar 23, 2019, 05:40 PM EDT
  • Get a complete betting breakdown of Murray State-Florida State below.

#4 Florida State vs. #12 Murray State NCAA Tournament Betting Odds

  • Spread: Florida State -4.5
  • Over/Under: 144.5
  • Date: Saturday, March 23
  • Time: 6:10 p.m. ET
  • TV: TNT
  • Location: Hartford, CT

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Florida State (28-7) survived a three-point barrage from Vermont in the opening round to win 76-69. The Catamounts shot 42% (18-of-43) from beyond the arc, but the Seminoles still secured the victory. Florida State did not cover the 8.5 point spread despite a chance to score as time expired.

Murray State (28-4) put forth a masterful performance in an 83-64 drubbing of Marquette.  Sophomore guard Ja Morant (24.4 points per game, 10.6 assists per game) continued his scintillating play with a triple-double (17 points, 11 rebounds, 16 assists) against the Pirates.  The Racers easily covered the 3-point spread.

Seminoles Need To Score Inside

Florida State usually holds a significant height advantage on the interior and will do so again today. The Seminoles are led by 6-foot-10 Mfiondu Kabengele (13.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg) who has the ability to connect from 3-point range as well (36.1%).  They also have 7-foot-4 Christ Koumadje (6.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.5 bpg), which gives them options on the interior.

The Seminoles are 32nd in adjusted offensive efficiency and are fantastic from the free throw line (74.5%). The free throw shooting prowess can often compensate for their three-point shooting weakness.

The Seminoles only shot 3-of-12 from deep against Vermont, but more than made for that by shooting 31-of-37 from the foul line.

Florida State may again be without Senior forward Phil Cofer (7.4 ppg) who missed the opening round game with an ankle injury and learned of the passing of his father immediately after the game.

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