Gonzaga Bulldogs

RECORD (32-5)
CONFERENCE RECORD (17-1)
NEXT OPPONENT None

Florida State Seminoles

RECORD (23-11)
CONFERENCE RECORD (8-10)
NEXT OPPONENT  Michigan

BOX SCORE:

  1H 2H FINAL
Zags  32 28  60 
FSU  41 34   75

GAME RECAP

The final game in a jam-packed day of Sweet Sixteen action saw an interesting matchup between longtime NCAA Tournament darling Gonzaga and the 9th seeded Florida State Seminoles. The 4 seed Zags were in their fourth straight Sweet 16, defeating an upstart UNC Greensboro and Ohio State to reach regional semifinals, while Florida State took a slightly different path. The 9 seeded ‘Noles had ended the year on a bad note and snuck into the tournament, but somehow caught fire during the first weekend, beating both Missouri and number one seed Xavier in back-to-back games.

But while experienced Bulldogs came in favorites, but the upstart Seminoles ended up leaving the victors.

The game started off with each team trading blows, with neither squad hitting many shots in the early going.With around 13 minutes left in the first half, the Seminoles went on a big 15-5 run, with great play coming from Terrance Mann and Chris Counmadje. But right as the ‘Noles began to pull away, questionable fouls were called, and all of a sudden the Zags were right back in the thick of things.

Right as Gonzaga was poised to take the lead, however, the Seminoles went on a late first-half run, shutting down the Bulldog offensively and finishing up the 1st with a 41-32 lead. The start of the second saw the Zags start to come back, and with just over 10 minutes left in the game, the Seminoles had only a four-point lead.

Then the Noles took over.

Terrance Mann, the captain who has been the backbone of this squad all season, stepped up and drove into the lane several times to get foul shots. Braian Angola nailed a few clutch midrange shots to extend the lead, and Phil Cofer had several key defensive plays to keep the game out of reach. Despite the best efforts of Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura and freshman guard Zach Norvell Jr, each of whom continued their outstanding tournament play by dropping double figures, the Seminoles depth and athleticism were too much to handle. The Noles, despite a well-fought game from Gonzaga (and very questionable officiating), defeated the Bulldogs 75-60. 

Now, for the first time since 1993, Florida State is moving on to Elite Eight to face Michigan. In the words of Drake: “What a time to be alive”

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Our Armchair Player of the Game is going to Florida State captain Terrance Mann. While Braian Angola also had an outstanding game, the play of Mann was what really pushed the Seminoles over Gonzaga. The senior dropped 18 points while adding two assists and five rebounds, a complete performance that exemplified the play of Mann all season.

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I always wanted to be an NFL player, but 5’11 lineman normally don’t get drafted, unless their name is Aaron Donald. Most likely I’ve already peaked in high school. I love all kinds of sports, but I write about FSU for Armchair, where I also attend school. Yes, Florida State is better than your favorite school in whatever sport you name (that includes water polo). Don’t ever play me in Madden or 2k, otherwise, I’ll put you to shame. I’m at tscheetos on Xbox, come at me. Follow me on twitter at @samtschida67 for hot football takes and other dumb tweets.
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I always wanted to be an NFL player, but 5’11 lineman normally don’t get drafted, unless their name is Aaron Donald. Most likely I’ve already peaked in high school. I love all kinds of sports, but I write about FSU for Armchair, where I also attend school. Yes, Florida State is better than your favorite school in whatever sport you name (that includes water polo). Don’t ever play me in Madden or 2k, otherwise, I’ll put you to shame. I’m at tscheetos on Xbox, come at me. Follow me on twitter at @samtschida67 for hot football takes and other dumb tweets.
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