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FSU Basketball: Noles crush Gonzaga to reach Elite 8

It didn’t take long for the defense of FSU basketball to assert itself against the No. 4 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs and lead them to its first Elite 8 appearance since 1993.

We talked about FSU’s defense being the No. 1 key to beating Gonzaga along with rebounding and making free throws.

The Noles held the Bulldogs to 33.9% shooting overall and forced 13 turnovers while making 15 of 22 free throws in the 75-60 win as a six point underdog.

FSU lead 41-32 at halftime and never relinquished the lead after that.

Rebounding was the only category where Gonzaga saw a slight edge, but FSU played so well defensively it didn’t matter.