By: Kevin Keane | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
March 27, 2019
ANAHEIM, Calif. (WCTV) -- This postseason for Florida State has been quite the trip, literally.
From Charlotte, North Carolina to Hartford, Connecticut and now to Anaheim, California, Florida State's trip to the Sweet Sixteen has garnered them almost 8,000 sky miles in three weeks.
But, the Seminoles are putting their jet lag aside as their focus turns to Gonzaga, with aspirations for a win over the Bulldogs for the second straight year to punch their ticket to the Elite Eight.
Despite last year's dominant 15-point win for the Noles, Vegas comes in to this year favoring the Zags, putting FSU as a seven and a half point underdog.
For anyone who has followed the team this year, the underdog role is nothing new for Florida State. Leonard Hamilton's team is one that relishes in being discounted and overlooked.
"That's been the thing the whole year, we've been underdogs the whole year really so we're not really going into the hype and what people say, we're just going out there to play our game and execute our game plan," said FSU guard RaiQuan Gray.
That game plan: slow down the potent offense of Gonzaga.
The Bulldogs boast the number one scoring offense in the country, averaging 88.6 points per game, along with the best field goal percentage in the nation, shooting the rock at a 53.2 percent clip.
Gonzaga also boasts one of the best players in the nation in Brandon Clarke, who averages 17 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, along with four players who average double figures, three of which also average at least 4.3 rebounds a night.