Florida State Seminoles vs Louisville Cardinals Prediction, 1/18/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Florida State Seminoles vs Louisville Cardinals
Date: Monday, January 18, 2021
Location: KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY
Odds/Point Spread: Florida State (+1.5)
The Louisville Cardinals (9-2) host the Florida State Seminoles (7-2) at KFC Yum! Center on Monday. Florida State opens this contest as 1.5-point dogs. The total opens at 141.
Florida State enters this contest with a mark of 7-2 for the year. They are averaging 79.1 points per outing (64th in college basketball) while shooting 46.8% from the field. The Seminoles are shooting 38.2% on 3-point shots (76 of 199) and 74.6% from the free throw line. As a unit, Florida State is grabbing 35.9 boards per game and has totaled 133 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 227th in college basketball in terms of passing. They cough up possession 13.8 times per contest and as a unit are committing 18.6 fouls per game. On the defensive end, the Seminoles are able to force 14.9 turnovers every game while drawing 18.3 fouls. They are currently ranked 81st in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 109 surrendered for the campaign. The Seminoles are allowing a FG percentage of 40.6% (210 of 517) and they surrender 31.9 rebounds per game as a unit. They concede 36.0% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 161st in college basketball in points per game allowed (69.7).
The Florida State Seminoles took the court against the North Carolina Tar Heels and notched a win by a score of 82-75 in their last contest. Florida State walked away from the game having earned a 48.0% FG percentage (24 out of 50) and made 8 out of their 16 three-point attempts. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Seminoles converted 26 of their 27 tries for a percentage of 96.3%. In relation to rebounding, they collected 27 with 5 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 12 assists in this game while having 10 steals and 6 blocks. With respect to defense, Florida State allowed the other team to shoot 48.0% from the field on 24 of 50 shooting. North Carolina earned 19 assists and had 9 steals in this matchup. Furthurmore, the Tar Heels snagged 26 rebounds (11 offensive, 15 defensive) and earned 6 rejections. North Carolina went 78.6% from the charity stripe by converting 11 of their 14 shots. They also buried 10 of 24 tries from beyond the perimeter.
M.J. Walker is a player who was a major contributor for the game. He walked away with 21 points on 6 of 11 shooting. He played 32 mins and also snagged 3 rebounds. Walker walked away from this one shooting 54.5% from the field and also recorded 3 dimes. Someone else that was a factor in the matchup for the Seminoles was Raiquan Gray. He grabbed 4 boards and totaled 5 dimes. He finished 60.0% from the floor in this contest by going 6-of-10 (19 points). When the final whistle was blown, Gray played for 30 min.
Louisville has a mark of 9-2 on the year. Louisville has 783 pts for the campaign (71.2 per contest) and they grab 37.1 rebounds per game. The Cardinals are committing 18.6 personal fouls every game and they shoot 74.8% from the charity stripe. When it comes to executing on offense, the Cardinals are hitting on 47.3% from the floor, which ranks 70th in the nation. They are dishing out assists 12.3 times per game (250th in college hoops) and they turn it over 12.4 times per contest. The Cardinals defensively are ranked 52nd in college basketball in points given up per game with 64.4. They have forced 11.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 39.8% from the field (48th in college basketball). The Louisville defense allows 31.4% on shots from beyond the arc (81 of 258) and their opponents are knocking down 65.3% of their foul shots. They relinquish 10.3 dimes and 31.5 rebounds per game, which ranks them 33rd and 52nd in those categories.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Louisville Cardinals took a loss by a score of 78-72 when they faced the Miami Hurricanes. The Cardinals were able to corral 22 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards for a total of 29 for this game. They rejected 2 tries while getting 7 steals for the game. The Hurricanes committed 13 fouls for this game which took the Cardinals to the charity stripe for a total of 18 tries. They were able to bury 15 of the free throw tries for a rate of 83.3%. In regard to 3-point shots, Louisville made 3 out of their 20 tries (15.0%). When the game finished, the Cardinals went 27 for 60 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.0%. The Cardinals allowed the Hurricanes to knock down 29 out of 59 tries from the floor which left them shooting 49.2% for the contest. They finished 40.0% from distance by going 8 out of 20 and ended up shooting 12 out of 19 at the charity stripe (63.2%). With respect to how they rebounded, Louisville allowed Miami to collect 36 in all (11 on the offensive side).
Carlik Jones ended up being a major contributor for the Cardinals in the matchup. He converted 11 of 20 for this game for a field goal percentage of 55.0%, which had him finishing with 25 points. Jones pulled down 3 rebounds in his 40 mins and had 7 assists for the matchup. An additional guy that played a role for Louisville was Jae'lyn Withers. He racked up 18 points in 28 minutes on the court by way of 8 out of 9 shooting for the contest. Withers walked away from this one going 88.9% from the field and also contributing 2 dimes and 11 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Florida State (+1.5)
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