2018 College Basketball Tournament Sweet 16: Florida State vs. Gonzaga March 22, 2018 by Marc Jerbs

On Thursday, the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California will host the South Region's Sweet 16 match between 9th seed Florida State and 4th seed Gonzaga. Game time is set 10PM ET.

Gonzaga will be pitted against Florida State for a spot in the Elite 8. The Bulldogs must take care of the ball and not succumbed to the Seminoles' pressure defense. Gonzaga must also neutralized Seminoles' imposing frontline by keeping themselves from foul trouble.

Florida State threw the hammer in last Sunday's win over No. 1 Xavier. Their win was not a fluke at all as it shot down their opponent with a superb team defense. The Seminoles have a big and deep lineup, almost all players were used up in their every game.

A balance offense and intimidating defense may bring them one step closer in the Elite 8.

The sportsbook handicappers have installed Gonzaga as a 5.5-point favorite to beat Florida State at the College Basketball Tournament Sweet 16 match.