An interesting battle between two ACC powerhouses is on tap this Monday, as the No. 9 Virginia Cavaliers take on the Florida State Seminoles down in Tallahassee. Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Virginia Cavaliers vs Florida State Seminoles NCAA College Basketball Game on February 15 2021
Where: Donald L. Tucker Center
When: Monday, February 15, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Virginia Cavaliers (odds)
Record: 14-3 Overall / 10-1 Conference
Tony Bennett’s boys have answered the call after a shock 65-51 loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies on Jan. 30, as the Cavs have won all three games that succeeded that setback. In their most recent game, as of this writing, the Cavs defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on the road last Wednesday to the tune of a 57-49 score. Virginia has held its last three opponents to only 57.3 points on 41.1 percent shooting from the field. On the season, Virginia is fourth in the nation with just 59.4 points allowed per game and 15th with an adjusted defensive efficiency rating of 90.5 points. Virginia faces the North Carolina Tar Heels Saturday, plays incredibly tight defense especially in the first half, where they limit opponents to only 24.9 points — second-best in the nation.
The under is 3-1 in Virginia’s last four road games.
Betting on the Florida State Seminoles (odds)
Record: 10-3 Overall / 6-2 Conference
The Seminoles saw their lengthy five-game win streak end on Jan. 30, as they lost to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on the road, 76-65. The ‘ Noles will play their first game since that loss this Saturday against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at home. The long lull for Florida State was related to COVID-19, but with that issue seemingly behind the Seminoles, expect this team to play with extra eagerness. Florida State boasts of a balanced offense and defense, just like Virginia. The Seminole are 16th in adjusted offensive efficiency (115.2) and 36th in adjusted defensive efficiency (93.3). The Seminoles’ protection around the basket is among the best in the nation, as they are averaging 4.9 blocks per game. The ‘Noles don’t take a lot of 3-point shots, but they can get hot from deep from time to time. In a win over the Clemson Tigers at home last January, the Seminoles went 12 of 28 from behind the arc.
Florida State is 4-3 straight up against Virginia in these two teams’ last seven meetings, dating back to 2016.
Virginia wins, 78-75.
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