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Florida State vs. Syracuse - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Syracuse Orange (12-5) at Florida State Seminoles (12-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Tucker Center)

The Line: Florida State Seminoles -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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We have some ACC-tion on the hardwood on Saturday afternoon, as the Syracuse Orange battle the #23 Florida State Seminoles in a college basketball matchup.

The Syracuse Orange will look to shake off 3 straight ACC losses following a 68-61 loss to Virginia in their last outing. Frank Howard led the team with 18 points on 6 of 20 shooting with 4 threes, while Oshae Brissett came 2nd with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Tyus Battle rounded out the trio of double digit scorers for the Orange in the loss with 12 points and a pair of steals. Paschal Chukwu chipped in 9 point with a game-high 16 rebounds and a pair of blocks in the losing effort for ‘Cuse. Battle leads the team in scoring with 19.1 points per game, while Brissett leads the team in rebounding with 9.7 rebounds per game and Howard is the team’s leading assist man with 5.5 helpers per game this season. As a team, Syracuse is scoring 69.5 points per game on 42.6% shooting from the field, 31.3% from behind the arc and 71.1% from the foul line this season.

Florida State vs. Syracuse - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The #23 Florida State Seminoles will also be looking to rebound from a 1-3 start to ACC play following their 73-69 loss to Louisville in their last outing. Terance Mann led the team with 25 points on 9 of 14 shooting with a pair of threes and 8 rebounds, while Braian Angola added 18 points with a pair of blocks as the only other Seminole to score in double figures in the losing effort. Phil Cover added 3 points with a team-high 10 rebounds as well in the loss for FSU. Mann leads Florida State by averaging 15.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game this season, while Trent Forrest is the team’s leading assist getter by averaging 3.9 assists per game this year. As a team, Florida State is scoring 83.6 points per game on 48% shooting from the field, 37.2% from behind the arc and 66.6% from the foul line this season.

Syracuse is 14-35-2 ATS in their last 51 Saturday games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss while the over is 20-5-1 in their last 26 road games. Florida State is 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games while the under is 6-2-1 in their last 9 conference matchups. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams. 

Neither of these two teams have been anything to write home about as of late, and there’s not much splitting the two. However, after doing some digging, I noticed that the two times that Syracuse has visited FSU since 2014, the games have resulted in a road win for the Orange and a 5 point game in their most recent visit. I think these two teams are closer than the line would suggest, so I’ll take the points with Syracuse in what is a lean at best.

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