Florida State Seminoles vs Pittsburgh Panthers Prediction, 2/20/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Florida State Seminoles vs Pittsburgh Panthers
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021
Location: Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Florida State (-6)
Petersen Events Center is the venue where and the Pittsburgh Panthers (9-8) will take on the Florida State Seminoles (12-3) on Saturday. Florida State opens this matchup as 6-point favorites. The O/U is set at 147.
Florida State heads into this contest with a win-loss mark of 12-3 for the year. The Seminoles are shooting 39.8% on three-point attempts (131 of 329) and 73.5% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 79.3 points per game (36th in Division 1) while connecting on 47.3% from the field. They cough up possession 13.5 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 18.3 personal fouls every game. As a team, Florida State is grabbing 36.9 rebounds per game and has accounted for 229 assists for the campaign, which has them ranked 207th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Seminoles are able to force 14.1 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.2 fouls. The Seminoles defensively are allowing a FG percentage of 40.8% (346 of 848) and they surrender 30.9 rebounds per game as a unit. They rank 61st in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 178 surrendered for the year. They are relinquishing 34.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 140th in the country in PPG allowed (68.9).
The Florida State Seminoles faced the Virginia Cavaliers and walked away with a win by a score of 81-60 in their last game. Florida State ended with a 50.0% field goal percentage (29 out of 58) and made 13 of their 24 three-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Seminoles knocked down 10 of their 13 tries for a rate of 76.9%. Concerning getting rebounds, they earned 30 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 17 assists for this game while having 9 steals and 2 blocked shots. Pertaining to defense, Florida State allowed their opponent to shoot 50.0% from the field on 29 out of 58 shooting. Virginia earned 14 dimes and had 3 steals for this game. Additionally, the Cavaliers snagged 23 rebounds (4 offensive, 19 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Virginia finished the contest at 58.3% from the free throw line by knocking down 7 of 12 attempts. They also knocked down 9 out of their 23 shots from downtown.
M.J. Walker is one player who was a contributor in this contest. He finished with 17 points on 6 out of 12 shooting. He saw the court for 29 mins and also snagged 6 rebounds. Walker finished the game shooting 50.0% from the floor but didn't record an assist. One more player that came through in this contest for the Seminoles was Raiquan Gray. He snagged 5 rebounds and collected 3 dimes. He finished 60.0% from the field for the game by going 6-of-10 (15 points). Overall, Gray played for 28 minutes.
Pittsburgh has a win-loss mark of 9-8 for the year. The Panthers have committed 17.2 fouls per game and they hit 66.9% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 15.6 times per contest (55th in D-1) and they cough up possession 12.6 times per contest. Pittsburgh has earned 1,227 pts for the campaign (72.2 per contest) and they collect 38.6 boards per game. As an offense, the Panthers are hitting on 43.5% from the floor, which ranks 219th in the nation. The Panthers defensively are ranked 173rd in the country in points given up per game with 69.8. They give up 16.1 dimes and 33.6 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 322nd and 119th in those categories on the defensive end. The Pittsburgh defense surrenders 31.7% on 3-point shots (127 of 401) and their opposition makes 69.4% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing their opponents into 12.8 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 43.4% from the field (187th in college hoops).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Pittsburgh Panthers went home defeated by a final of 74-73 when they faced the NC State Wolfpack. The Panthers were able to snag 15 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 26 for the contest. They turned away 5 tries while getting 5 steals for this game. The Wolfpack earned 21 fouls in the game which took the Panthers to the free throw line for a total of 28 tries. They were able to knock down 19 of them for a percentage of 67.9%. When talking about shots from downtown, Pittsburgh knocked down 6 of 18 tries (33.3%). When all was said and done, the Panthers shot 24 for 48 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.0%. The Panthers permitted the Wolfpack to convert 29 of 51 attempts from the field which had them shooting 56.9% for the game. They finished 36.4% from distance by connecting on 4 of 11 and finished the game at 12 of 18 from the free throw line (66.7%). In the matter of attacking the glass, Pittsburgh permitted North Carolina State to collect 23 in all (6 offensive).
Justin Champagnie ended up being a major contributor for the Panthers in this matchup. He made 3 of 11 for this game for a field goal percentage of 27.3%, which earned him 18 points. Champagnie totaled 10 boards in his 38 minutes and accounted for 2 dimes for the matchup. Another guy who came through for Pittsburgh was Au'Diese Toney. He accumulated 17 points in 39 minutes on the court by way of 6 of 11 from the floor for the contest. Toney walked away from this one going 54.5% from the field and also totaling 3 assists and 5 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+6) and under 147 points
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