High-flying Buffalo ousts third-seeded Florida State

Patrick Carter  FSU athletics
Patrick Carter FSU athletics
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22 March, 2018

Prediction: Florida State wasn't the most consistent team during the regular season, but as we saw on Sunday night, the Seminoles have a high ceiling.

This was sweet payback for Florida State after then-No.

Just when the spectators at Bridgestone Arena had processed (or not) No. 7 seed Nevada's deeply implausible comeback from a 22-point deficit with 11 minutes left on No. 2 seed Cincinnati in the South Region - and after some of those Xavier fans had enjoyed it - Xavier had its first-ever No. 1 seed and its 12-point lead with 9:48 left in the nightcap. His exit from the game would coincide with the Seminoles' closing run.

Even in a two-possession game, a technical foul would have given the Musketeers hope.

Buffalo: Two days after getting their first NCAA Tournament win over South Florida, the Bulls are the first MAC team since Bowling Green in 2007 to advance to the Sweet 16.

Delay/Penalty. (Rule 4-10.2). When a second warning for a delay is given for a delay which is different from the first delay, a technical foul shall be assessed for any further delays.

Delaying the game by preventing the ball from being promptly made live or by preventing continuous play, such as but not limited to, followers or bench personnel entering the playing court before player activity has been terminated.

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The No. 11 seed Buffalo Bulls outscored third-seeded Florida State women's hoops in every quarter in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Monday night to end the Seminoles' season, 86-65.

Trent Forrest's three-point play with 4:21 left drew the Seminoles to within 66-64, but Kerem Kanter's layup created a sliver of breathing room. Gonzaga led by 11 at the half but trailed 67-62 with 6:02 to play before a 16-2 run gave them a nine point lead with 1:52 to go. They led 56-44 with 10:42 left, and a free throw by Trevon Bluiett gave them a 66-57 edge. Braian Angola led Florida State with 15 points in the win.

The Musketeers didn't get the chance to run away this time around after they took a 12-point lead. Mfiondu Kabengele scored his second straight bucket tying it up at 68 with 2:32 to go. The Seminoles rank 208th in three pointers allowed per game (23.0).

Angola had 11 in the first half and Phil Cofer added eight. Gonzaga has seen the over go 8-2 in their last 10 non-conference games, 6-2 in their last eight neutral site contests, 5-2 in their last seven overall and 5-2 in their last seven after a straight up win. The Lady Bulldogs set season lows for fewest points in a period and game and lowest field-goal percentage (24.0) in a game.

It's the second Sweet 16 matchup in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament in the City of Angels when the ACC meets the West Coast Conference.

Gonzaga is a 5-point favorite on the opening line, while the game's Over/Under (O/U) opened at 154 points.

This was sweet payback for Florida State after then-No.


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