Virginia vs. Florida State - 2/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida State Seminoles (15-12) at Virginia Cavaliers (24-1)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Florida State Seminoles and Virginia Cavaliers play Sunday at the John Paul Jones Arena.
The Florida State Seminoles have won five of their last seven and look for their second ranked win. On the season, FSU is averaging 68.2 points on 46.4 percent shooting and is allowing 67.2 points o n41.6 percent shooting. Xavier Rathan-Mayes is averaging 13.6 points and 4.5 assists while Montay Brandon is averaging 12.2 points and 5.5 rebounds. Devon Bookert is the third double-digit scorer and Phil Cofer is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Florida State Seminoles have four players averaging at least 7.1 points, and they’re shooting 66.8 percent from the line and 31 percent from downtown. Defensively, FSU is allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in five of its last six games.
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The Virginia Cavaliers have won five straight and are chasing an ACC crown. On the season, Virginia is averaging 66.4 points on 46 percent shooting and is allowing 50.8 points on 35.9 percent shooting. Malcolm Brogdon is averaging 13.8 points and 2.7 assists while Anthony Gill is averaging 11.2 points and 6.7 rebounds. Mike Tobey is grabbing 5.3 rebounds and Darion Atkins is shooting 49.4 percent from the field. The Virginia Cavaliers have four active players averaging at least seven points, and they’re shooting 73.5 percent from the line and 36.5 percent from deep. Defensively, Virginia is allowing 30.8 percent shooting from downtown and has given up 64 or less points in five straight games.
The Seminoles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Cavaliers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Atlantic Coast and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games. The Seminoles are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
This is an interesting matchup, as FSU has the size and the quickness that could give Virginia some issues. I think the Noles can hang around in this game for a while. I'll take the points here.