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Written by Ryan on January 14, 2014

Miami Hurricanes vs. Florida State Seminoles Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/15/14: Ryan's Free College Basketball Pick Against the Spread
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Miami hosts Florida State on Wednesday night.

The Florida State Seminoles travel to Miami to play the Hurricanes on Wednesday night.

Florida State improved to 11-4 on the season after beating Maryland 85-61 on Sunday. Florida State shot an impressive 50% from the field and a whopping 66.7% from three-point range. The Seminoles reached the free-throw line 23 times and shot only 65.2%. Ian Miller scored a team-high 20 points, while Okaro White scored 15 points and Aaron Thomas finished with 14. On the year, Miller averages a team-high 13.9 points and 3.7 assists per game. Thomas is averaging 12.5 points per game, while White averages a team-high 6.6 rebounds per contest. The Seminoles are shooting a solid 47.6% from the field while scoring 74.3 points per game. Florida State is a decent rebounding team, grabbing 38 boards per game. The Seminoles have won two straight and six of their last seven games over the past month.

The Miami Hurricanes improved to 9-6 on the year after beating North Carolina on the road 63-57 last week. Miami shot 42% from the field and only 20.4% from long distance. The Hurricanes reached the free-throw line 26 times and only hit 61.5% from the field. However, Miami played zone defense against the Tar Heels and held them to 30.8% from the field in the win. Rion Brown scored a team-high 19 points and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. Erik Swoope added a career-high 14 points for the Hurricanes. On the season, Brown averages a team-high 13.7 points and 2.9 assists per game. Garrius Adams averages 10.5 points per game, while Donnavan Kirk averages a team-high 6.8 rebounds per contest. The Hurricanes averages an awful 63.5 points per game while shooting a poor 42.4% from the field as a team this season. Miami is a decent rebounding team and they are pretty lousy when it comes to distributing the ball on the offensive end of the floor. The Hurricanes have won four out of their last five games and will be home after playing two straight conference road games.

Miami has won the last two meetings with Florida State, including a 6-point win at home last year. Miami has had a week off to rest and prepare for this game, but I think that will actually hurt them in this game. The Hurricanes needed to continue to play so that they could gain momentum, but now they may come out flat against a red-hot Seminoles squad. Florida State is the more talented team and they are on a roll right now. I’m siding with the Seminoles in this one.

 

Ryan's Pick: Florida State -1.5


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