Florida State, VCU Rams clash at Alamodome
By: Willie Bee
Thursday, March 24, 2011
(11) Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs. (10) Florida State Seminoles
Southwest Regional Semifinals - San Antonio
Time/TV: Friday, March 25, 6:57 p.m. (PT) TBS
Odds: Seminoles by 3½, total at 131
Looking for the top stat of this tournament? Look no further than two mid-majors from the city of Richmond, VA, (VCU and Richmond) making to the Sweet 16, the same number of teams as the Big East pushed into regional action this week.
Virginia Commonwealth (26-11 SU, 16-20 ATS) has been crowned this tourney's official Cinderella...for now, as it's a tiara Richmond could very well wear eventually. The Rams won three games last week as 'dogs to reach this matchup. The 94-76 rout of Purdue while getting 9½ really punctuated the improbable week as VCU hit a season-best 56.9 percent of its shots from the field after netting 33.9 percent and 40.9 percent in the wins over USC and Georgetown.
The Rams started the season covering just one of their first three neutral-court games, but have gone 4-2 ATS in that situation since the regular season ended. VCU's eight neutral-site games to have an official total went 5-3 'over.' The 2010-11 Rams are 9-4 as the underdog.
Florida State matching up with VCU in this one certainly has its share of irony since the Seminoles (23-10 SU, 16-10-2 ATS) fell to Virginia Tech in the ACC Tournament who were one of the schools many thought should have been invited to the dance over VCU.
The Seminoles are off a pick 'em win over Texas A&M and the upset of Notre Dame as five-point underdogs, a most impressive showing by FSU's vaunted defense in holding the Irish to just 57 points.
Florida State has cashed its last five, going 'under' in six of the last seven. The 'Noles will be playing just their sixth neutral-site game, going 4-1 TS and 'under' the previous five, and were 9-4-2 on the season beating the spread as favorites.