Duke Blue Devils (3-2) at Florida State Seminoles (5-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Donald L. Tucker Center)
The Line: Florida State Seminoles -1.5 -- Over/Under: 144.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Duke Blue Devils and the Florida State Seminoles meet Saturday in college basketball action from Donald L. Tucker Center.
Duke comes into this one at 3-2 so far this year. The Blue Devils posted a loss to a good Illinois team but bounced back with a win over Notre Dame in their last outing. As for Florida State, they’re 5-2 this season. The Seminoles are 1-2 in their last three games and coming off a loss to Clemson. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Duke came out of the gate this season with a win over Coppin State before a 75-69 loss to Michigan State. After dispatching Bellarmine, the Blue Devils took a rough loss 83-68 to Illinois. The good news is that Duke bounced back with a 75-65 win over Notre Dame in their last game.
In the win over the Irish, Duke’s top scorer was Matthew Hurt with 18 points, five rebounds and three assists. DJ Steward managed 16 points with seven rebounds and one assist, and Jeremy Roach added 14 points. Jaemyn Brakefield pitched in 10 points and five boards as well.
Over on the Florida State side, they started the year with four straight wins over North Florida, Indiana, Florida and Georgia Tech. The Seminoles then took a tough loss to UCF before bouncing back with a win over Gardner-Webb. On Tuesday Florida State lost again, this time to Clemson.
In the 77-67 loss to the Tigers, Florida State’s top performer was Scottie Barnes with 14 points, four rebounds and five assists. MJ Walker was the only other Seminoles player to finish in double-figures there, logging 11 points, three rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes on the court.
Florida State is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 at home versus a team with a winning road record and 43-19-2 ATS in their last 64 games as a home underdog. The over is 3-1-1 in the Seminoles’ last five overall and 7-3-1 in their last 11 home games.
Meanwhile, Duke is 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last six road games. The under is 3-1-1 in their last five games overall and the over is 8-1-1 in their last 10 Saturday games.
PICK: I’m going to lean toward Florida State in this one. Both these teams need convincing wins, and this is set to be one of the better matchups of the college basketball weekend. Duke hasn’t looked like themselves against ranked teams this year, notching just 69 points versus Michigan State and 68 versus Illinois. Florida State has struggled offensively at times also, with just 67 points in their last game. That said, I think the Seminoles offense matches up well here and if Florida State can get off to a good start and stay consistent, I can see them banging out a cover/win. Should be a great game.