Florida State vs. Miami - 2/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Hurricanes (19-4) at Florida State Seminoles (16-8)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 6:30 pm (Tucker Center)
The Line: Florida State Seminoles +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The 12th ranked Miami (FL) Hurricanes will travel to the Donald L. Tucker Center to take on the Florida State Seminoles this Sunday night in College Basketball action.
The 12th ranked Miami Hurricanes won their 3rd straight game and improved to 19-4 (8-3 ACC) on the season after defeating the Pittsburgh Panthers, 65-63, this past Tuesday. Miami struggled in the 1st half however, but used a 15-4 run to start the 2nd half and got the game winning basket from Angel Rodriguez with just 1.4 seconds to play. Miami shot 45.1% from the field and 30.0% (6-20) from beyond the arc. The Hurricanes allowed the Panthers to shoot 43.9% from the field and was outrebounded by Pittsburgh by a 35-29 margin. Leading the way for Miami was Angel Rodriguez who had 17 points, 8 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, and a block. On the season, the Hurricanes have been led by Sheldon McClellan (16.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 spg), Ja’Quan Newton (11.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.0 spg), and Angel Rodriguez (11.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.5 spg). Offensively, Miami is averaging 78.0 ppg on 47.9% shooting from the field and 35.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Hurricanes average 6.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.27. Defensively, Miami is holding their opponents to an average of 66.1 ppg on 42.0% shooting. The Hurricanes have a rebound margin of 3.1 and a turnover margin of 1.7.
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The Florida State Seminoles had their four game winning streak snapped and dropped to 16-8 (6-6 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the Syracuse Orange, 85-72, this past Thursday. Florida State was down by a 42-39 margin at halftime and allowed the Orange gain a quick double-digit lead in the 2nd half in which they couldn’t fight back from. Florida State shot 41.3% from the field and just 54.5% (12-22) from beyond the arc. The Seminoles allowed the Orange to shoot 62.0% from the field and was outrebounded by Syracuse by a 35-28 margin. Leading the way for Florida State was Devon Bookert who had 15 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, the Seminoles have been led by Malik Beasley (17.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg), Dwayne Bacon (16.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Xavier Rathan-Mayes (11.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.9 apg). Offensively, Florida State is averaging 78.7 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field and 33.9% shooting form beyond the arc. The Seminoles average 6.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.98. Defensively, Florida State is allowing their opponents to average 73.1 ppg on 43.6% shooting. The Seminoles have a rebound margin of 3.5 and a turnover margin of 0.8.
The Hurricanes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Seminoles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
Miami continues to prove to everyone that they are one of the best ACC teams this season and is a well-balanced team that ranks 74th in the country in scoring offense and 49th in scoring defense. Florida State looked a bit flat at Syracuse but has been solid this season led by a strong offense and has a defensive that can create turnovers. Miami is a solid team however, they are just 2-3 on the road in conference play this season and have struggled offensively in conference games averaging just 66.8 ppg and as I think Florida State will bring everything they have to this rivalry game, I’m taking the Seminoles and the points.