March Madness Sweet 16: Breaking down Florida State-Gonzaga

Terance Mann of Florida State reacts against Xavier during the second half in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Terance Mann of Florida State reacts against Xavier during the second half in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Published March 19 2018
Updated March 19 2018

Thanks to last night's 75-70 win over No. 1 seed Xavier, Florida State is in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2011. That sets up Thursday's matchup against fourth-seeded Gonzaga in Los Angeles.

Here's a quick breakdown of how the ninth-seeded Seminoles match up with the Zags:

Gonzaga (32-4)

How it got here: Won the West Coast Conference for the sixth year in a row, then held on for too-close-for-comfort wins over UNC-Greensboro and Ohio State.

Pre-tournament RPI: 21

KenPom ranking: 7

KenPom adjusted offense: 12

KenPom adjusted defense: 14

Recent tourney experience: Fourth consecutive Sweet 16. Made it to the Elite Eight in 2015 and lost in the national championship game last year.

Names to know: Guard Zach Norvell Jr. (12.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.4 apg) was the conference's newcomer of the year. He hit the go-ahead 3 in the first round and scored 28 against the Buckeyes. … Leading scorer and rebounder Johnathan Williams (13.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg) was a first-team all-league pick for the second year in a row. … Forward Rui Hachimura scored 25 against Ohio State and also earned all-WCC honors.

FSU (22-11)

How it got here: At-large bid from the ACC, followed by a 13-point win over Missouri. The Seminoles went on a 31-14 run against Xavier to advance to the second weekend.

Pre-tournament RPI: 54

KenPom ranking: 30

KenPom adjusted offense: 32

KenPom adjusted defense: 55

Recent tourney experience: Lost in the second round last year. First Sweet 16 since 2011.

Names to know: Guard Terance Mann (12.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg) was the only Seminole to earn even honorable mention all-ACC honors. … Leading scorer Phil Cofer was one of the ACC's most improved players, jumping from 2.9 ppg and 1.0 rpg last season to 12.9 ppg and 5.0 rpg this season. … Forward Mfiondu Kabengele scored a team-high 14 points off the bench against Mizzou.

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