The No. 5 Florida State Seminoles are on a mission to extend their winning streak to 11 games when they visit the Virginia Cavaliers this coming Tuesday. The Cavs lost to the Noles earlier this season, but definitely are planning to avenge that loss, which would also boost their chances of making a return to the top 25. Both Florida State and Virginia are priced +3300 to win the national title.
Betting Preview for the Florida State Seminoles vs Virginia Cavaliers NCAA College Basketball Game on January 28 2020
Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville
When: Tuesday, January 28 2020, 7:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Florida State Seminoles (17-2 Overall / 7-1 Conference)
The Seminoles hot streak continues following their close 85-84 home win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish last Saturday. Noles forward Wyatt Wilkes came off the bench and injected life into his team’s offense by scoring a team-high 19 points with five 3-pointers. The Seminoles found their mark from deep and fed on their early success on the glass in the game. They hit 12 of their 18 3-point attempts and had a 23-11 lead in the rebounding department early in the contest. The Seminoles, on paper, are not a huge 3-point shooting team, averaging just 7.6 threes per game on 35.6 percent shooting from behind the arc, but with how hot well they shot the rock in the win over Notre Dame, look for them to test their stroke against the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville. In their 54-50 win over Virginia on Jan. 15, the Noles went 8 for 22 from deep.
The over is 2-0 in the Seminoles’ last two games.
Betting on the Virginia Cavaliers (13-6 Overall / 5-4 Conference)
The Cavaliers got a much-needed 65-63 win overtime win over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem last Sunday. That Hoos win came on the heels of their 53-51 loss at the hands of the NC State Wolfpack at home and a stretch in which they went 1-4 straight up (SU) over a five-game stretch. The Cavaliers still brandish a scary defense that’s arguably the best in the nation, but their ability to score is remotely reminiscent of their success on that end of the floor last season. The Cavs are second in KenPom in adjusted defensive efficiency with just 85.2 points allowed per 100 possessions but are only 258th in adjusted offensive efficiency with 98.5 points per 100 possessions. The Cavs are also shooting an atrocious 40.1 percent from the field. Teams are simply not respecting Virginia’s offense this season, but the team should also cut down on their turnovers to help themselves. The Cavs had 18 turnovers to Florida’s 16 in the first meeting.
The Cavaliers have seen the total go under in two of their last three games at home.
Virginia wins, 54-52.
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