The No. 5 Florida State Seminoles (+2200 to win the national title) are not just one of the best teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), but in the nation, as well. The Virginia Tech Hokies (+20000) don’t have that kind of recognition, but it had taken down a preseason favorite to win the national title when they defeated the Michigan State Spartans early this season.
Betting Preview for the Florida State Seminoles vs Virginia Tech Hokies NCAA College Basketball Game on February 1 2020
Where: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg
When: Saturday, February 1, 2020, 4:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Florida State Seminoles (17-2 Overall / 7-1 Conference)
The Seminoles are making noises in conference play that can be heard from any corner of Division I basketball. After taking down the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at home last Saturday, 85-84, the Seminoles have managed to extend their unbeaten streak to 10 games. Florida State can make that 11 straight if they can beat the Virginia Cavaliers this Tuesday in Charlottesville before the Noles get ready for the Hokies. Although it was not apparent in their win over Notre Dame, the Seminoles possess one of the best defenses in the ACC. They are third in the conference in adjusted defensive efficiency with just 93.3 points allowed per 100 possessions. Florida State is also a great shot-blocking team with 5.6 blocks per game, good for 14th overall in the nation. They’re arguably even better on-ball defenders, as they are fourth in Division I basketball with 9.8 steals per contest.
The Seminoles are 2-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last three road games versus Virginia Tech.
Betting on the Virginia Tech Hokies (14-6 Overall / 5-4 Conference)
The Hokies are coming off a 61-56 road loss to the Boston College Eagles last Saturday, and they will look to rebound when they take on the Miami Hurricanes on the road this Tuesday. The Hokies have failed to cover the spread in each of their past three games. That being said, Virginia Tech is some sort of an overachieving team this season. Expected to be among those scraping the bottom of the standings in the ACC because of how green they are, the Hokies, who have four freshmen and two redshirt freshmen, have earned wins over the likes of the Syracuse Orange on the road and the North Carolina Tar Heels at home. They also scored a huge 71-66 neutral-site win over the Michigan State Spartans (then No.3) back in November. The Hokies’ defense is making a big difference for Virginia Tech, which is 32nd in the nation with just 63.0 points allowed per game.
The over is 3-1 in the Hokies’ last four games.
Florida State wins, 74-71.
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