The No. 20 Clemson Tigers and the Florida State Seminoles will cross paths for the second time this season on Saturday, with the former looking to go 2-0 this season in this matchup. But the Seminoles have been shooting the lights out of late, that a win could be harder to pull off this time around for the Tigers. Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Clemson Tigers vs Florida State Seminoles NCAA College Basketball Game on January 23 2021
Where: Donald L. Tucker Center
When: Saturday, January 23, 2021, 3:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ABC
Betting on the Clemson Tigers (odds)
Record: 9-3 Overall / 3-3 Conference
Clemson is suddenly on a skid. After losing to the Virginia Cavaliers (85-50) at home on Jan. 16, the Tigers got dropped by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (83-65) on the road on Jan 20. Clemson prides itself in defense, which has been the team’s top weapon this season, but that same defense has been struggling of late, as evidenced by the 80+ points the Hoos and the Yellow Jackets scored against the Tigers. Still, Clemson is statistically among the best defensive teams in the nation with just 60.1 points allowed per game. The Seminoles surely know all about that as they shot just 36.5 percent from the field in Clemson’s 77-67 win over them back in December. Aamir Sims, who scored 19 points on 9-of-13 shooting against Georgia Tech, will look to keep it going when he meets the Noles again. He had 8 points and 11 rebounds against Florida State last month while Clyde Trapp had 15 points and 6 boards.
The over is 5-0 in Clemson’s last five games.
Betting on the Florida State Seminoles (odds)
Record: 8-2 Overall / 4-1 Conference
Florida State’s offense has been like a house on fire of late. In their most recent game, the Seminoles shot 50 percent from the field on their way to a 78-65 win on the road over the Louisville Cardinals on Jan. 18. That’s the ‘Noles’ third win in a row, having defeated the NC State Wolfpack (105-73) and the North Carolina Tar Heels (82-75) on Jan. 13 and 16, respectively. Over that three-game stretch, the Seminoles have shot 56.4 percent from the floor. Against NC State, Florida State shot an unholy 70.7 percent from the field, while going 12 of 18 from behind the arc. Florida State’s 3-point shooting will be a dangerous weapon for the team in the rematch against Clemson. The Seminoles went just 9 of 32 from long range in the earlier loss to Clemson, but since then, they have gone 29 of 55 on their 3-pointers for a 52.7 percent clip.
Florida State is 7-3 against the spread in its last 10 games at home.
Florida State wins, 72-69.
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