Duke Blue Devils vs Florida State Seminoles Prediction, 1/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Duke Blue Devils vs Florida State Seminoles
Date: Saturday, January 2, 2021
Location: Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Duke (+1.5)
Donald L. Tucker Center is the venue where and the Florida State Seminoles (5-2) will play the Duke Blue Devils (3-2) on Saturday. The odds on this game have Florida State as 1.5-point favorites. The total is set at 144.5.
Duke will play this contest with a record of 3-2 on the campaign. They are averaging 73.8 pts per contest (153rd in the country) while shooting 45.6% from the field. The Blue Devils are shooting 35.4% on three-point attempts (40 of 113) and 68.1% from the free throw line. As a team, Duke is grabbing 38.8 rebounds per game and has 71 dimes on the season, which ranks 265th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. They are giving up possession 14.4 times per contest and as a group are committing 18.0 fouls per contest. When they are on the defensive end, the Blue Devils are able to force 14.6 turnovers per contest and they draw 15.4 fouls. The Blue Devils are giving up a shooting percentage of 43.9% (125 of 285) and they relinquish 32.8 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They currently rank 33rd in the country in giving up assists to the opposition with 54 surrendered on the year. They are giving up 35.4% from beyond the arc and they are 161st in Division 1 in PPG allowed (69.6).
The Duke Blue Devils faced off with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and notched a win by a score of 75-65 in their last contest. Duke ended having earned a 51.7% field goal percentage (31 of 60) and buried 8 of 15 shots from 3-point land. At the charity stripe, the Blue Devils buried 5 of their 5 shots for a rate of 100.0%. In the matter of rebounding, they collected 30 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 8 assists in this contest in addition to getting 8 steals and 2 blocks. When talking about the defense, Duke let their opponent shoot 51.7% from the field on 31 of 60 shooting. Notre Dame distributed 12 assists and had 4 steals in this matchup. On top of that, the Fighting Irish pulled down 23 rebounds (3 offensive, 20 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Notre Dame ended up shooting 90.9% when shooting free throws by making 10 of 11 tries. They made 9 of their 21 shots from 3-point range.
Matthew Hurt is a guy who was important for the game. He ended up with 18 points on 8 of 17 shooting. He was on the court for 38 mins and also totaled 5 rebounds. Hurt finished 47.1% from the floor and also distributed 3 assists. Someone else that was a factor in this game for the Blue Devils was DJ Steward. He grabbed 7 rebounds and also accounted for 2 assists. He finished the game at 54.5% from the field in this game by connecting on 6-of-11 (16 points). When the final whistle blew, Steward played for 29 min.
Florida State has a win-loss mark of 5-2 for the year. As an offensive team, the Seminoles are shooting 43.3% from the field, which is ranked 233rd in college basketball. Florida State has scored 525 points this season (75.0 per contest) and they grab 37.3 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 13.9 times per game (160th in D-1) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.7 times per contest. The Seminoles commit 19.4 fouls every game and they hit 69.0% from the charity stripe. The Seminoles are ranked 151st in college basketball in points allowed per game with 68.4. They have surrendered 11.4 dimes and 34.1 boards per game, which is 92nd and 131st in those categories. The Florida State defense gives up 34.2% from downtown (55 of 161) and their opposition knocks down 77.0% of their free throw shots. They are forcing 15.6 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 39.5% from the field (70th in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the court, the Florida State Seminoles took a loss by a score of 77-67 when they played the Clemson Tigers. The Seminoles were able to corral 27 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 34 for the matchup. They also stuffed 6 shots while earning 8 steals for this game. The Tigers committed 14 personal fouls for the game which took the Seminoles to the free throw line for a total of 9 tries. They were able to knock down 6 of them for a rate of 66.7%. Regarding shooting from beyond the arc, Florida State buried 9 out of their 32 attempts (28.1%). In all, the Seminoles shot 26 for 62 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 41.9%. The Seminoles permitted the Tigers to convert 23 of their 63 attempts from the floor which had them at 36.5% for the contest. They shot 29.2% from 3-point land by shooting 7 out of 24 and ended up shooting 24 of 33 at the free throw line (72.7%). When it comes to team rebounding, Florida State permitted Clemson to get 46 overall (16 on the offensive side).
Scottie Barnes ended up being important for the Seminoles for this game. He converted 6 out of 10 for the contest for a field goal rate of 60.0%, which earned him 14 points. Barnes snagged 4 rebounds in his 22 mins and had 5 assists for the contest. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Florida State was M.J. Walker. He notched 11 points in his 33 minutes played by going 4 out of 10 shooting for this game. Walker finished going 40.0% from the floor and also contributing 3 assists and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Duke (+1.5)
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