For the second time this season, the Florida State Seminoles (+2200 to win the national title) and the Miami Hurricanes (+30000) will meet. The first match between these teams saw the ‘Noles eking out a victory. Will they get another at the expense of Miami? Or will the Hurricanes shock Florida State?
Betting Preview for the Miami Hurricanes vs Florida State Seminoles NCAA College Basketball Game on February 8 2020
Where: Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee
When: Saturday, February 8, 2020, 8:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Miami Hurricanes (11-10 Overall / 3-8 Conference)
The Hurricanes took another loss in ACC play over the weekend, falling prey to the Pittsburgh Panthers on the road last Sunday, 62-57. Miami’s offense, which isn’t anything special, to begin with, has taken a big blow with Chris Lykes out due to a groin injury. Lykes missed the Panthers game, his third game he’s missed in a row. The Hurricanes also seem to have missed Lykes’ ball-handling, highlighted by the fact that they turned the ball over 13 times against Pittsburgh — nine in the first half, resulting in 10 points for Pittsburgh. The hope for Miami is for Lykes to get back to action in time for the matchup against Florida State, which defeated the Canes back in January, 83-79, in overtime. Lykes scored 24 points in that game to help Miami at least cover its 6-point spread as an underdog. If Lykes can’t go, Dejan Vasiljevic will have to step up, as the team’s second-leading scorer. Vasiljevic had 19 points with four 3-pointers in the loss to Florida State.
The Hurricanes are 2-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last two games.
Betting on the Florida State Seminoles (19-3 Overall / 9-2 Conference)
The Seminoles are back on track. After losing in Charlottesville to unranked Virginia Cavaliers last week, the ‘Noles defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies, 74-63, at home then followed that up with a win over the North Carolina Tar Heels, 65-59, in Chapel Hill. Against the Tar Heels, Florida State’s feverish defense was too much for Roy Williams’s squad. The Tar Heels shot just 30.9 percent from the field and won the rebounding battle, 43-37. Florida State is ninth in the nation with 17.6 turnovers forced per contest. The Seminoles are also eighth nationally with 9.2 steals per game. Even with Lykes on the floor, Miami could not stop shooting itself in the foot against the Seminoles, as the Hurricanes turned the ball over 24 times. Lykes had six of those turnovers, but Miami would rather have him bring the ball down than any other player on the team, but that could possibly be out of the equation, depending on the guard’s health. Devin Vassell leads the team with 13.5 points per game. He had 23 against Miami.
The under is 3-1 in the Seminoles’ last four games in Tallahassee.
Florida State wins, 83-70.
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