Florida State vs. Manhattan - 11/15/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Manhattan Jaspers (0-0) at Florida State Seminoles (0-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Tucker Center)
The Line: Florida State Seminoles -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Manhattan Jaspers and FLorida State Seminoles square off Saturday afternoon at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The Manhattan Jaspers had an impressive 25-8 record last season but will have their work cut out for them this year. Manhattan lost its top three scorers in George Beamon, Michael Alvarado and Rhamel Brown, the only three Jaspers to average double-digit points. The player who will now be asked to step in a main scoring role is senior Emmy Andujar, who shot 53.1 percent from the field and averaged more than five rebounds in less than 24 minutes. The good news for the Manhattan Jaspers is that they were one of the better defensive teams in the country and will likely rely on that side of the ball until guys step up offensively. Manhattan also picked up Jermaine Lawrence from Cincinnati, which should bring some athleticism to the team. Overall, it’s going to be an interesting season for the Jaspers.
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The Florida State Seminoles were a very underrated basketball team last season, finishing 75th in points allowed and shooting the three-ball better than any team in the ACC. The thing that caused FSU games and a spot in the NCAA tournament were the 512 turnovers. Florida State returns its top player in Aaron Thomas, a guard who shot 45.4 percent from the field last season. With a lot of experience gone, including Ian Miller, players such as Devon Bookert and Montay Brandon will have a chance to thrive in an expanded role. Another reason for Seminoles fans to be excited is the commitment of Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who is a quality shooting guard with supreme confidence. Florida State has talent and will continue to be feisty but has to clean up its sloppy play at both ends.
The Jaspers are 43-19-3 ATS in their last 65 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Seminoles are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
It's going to take some time for the Manhattan Jaspers to adjust without their top players from a year ago around. Meanwhile, Florida State has more than enough firepower and will still play that scrappy style of ball. Give me FSU to win by double digits.