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Pittsburgh vs Florida State Prediction Basketball Picks 3-5-24

Florida State Seminoles (15-14) vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (19-10)
March 5, 2024 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers -7.5; Over/Under: 147
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The Florida State Seminoles and the Pittsburgh Panthers meet Tuesday in college basketball action from Petersen Events Center. Florida State is 15-14 overall following a loss to Georgia Tech over the weekend. As for Pittsburgh, they beat Boston College in their last game and improved to 19-10 so far. Let’s get into our Florida State vs. Pittsburgh prediction. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.

Florida State Seminoles

The Seminoles managed a 12-9 run over their first 21 games of the year. Since then Florida State has gone just 3-5 over a tough run. The losses in that time were versus Virginia, Virginia Tech, Duke Clemson and Georgia Tech. The wins were over Boston College (twice) and NC State.

In the Georgia Tech game on Saturday, the Seminoles were down 44-41 going into the second half. Florida State didn’t get any closer on a 41-35 run from there and fell 85-76 in the end. Jamir Watkins was the top team scorer on his 15 points with seven rebounds and four steals.

Pittsburgh Panthers

Over on the Pittsburgh side, they were 12-8 at the 20-game mark this year. The Panthers beat Wake Forest, Notre Dame, NC State, Virginia and Louisville in the next five. It’s been a 2-2 run over the last four with wins over Virginia Tech and Boston College alongside losses to Wake Forest and Clemson.

In the Boston College matchup over the weekend the Panthers didn’t have too many issues. Pittsburgh jumped out to a 47-32 edge by halftime, then cruised on a 43-33 run the rest of the way in a 90-65 blowout win. Carlton Carrington posted 27 points with four rebounds and five assists in the victory.


I’ll stick with Pittsburgh here. The Panthers posted a pretty great offensive effort over Boston College in their last outing with 54.1 percent shooting from the field and 53.3 percent (16-of-30) from 3-point range. It’s been a choppy scoreboard run for Pittsburgh lately though; they’ve been below 63 points in two of their last four.

As for Florida State, they’ve scored 76 or more points in two of their last three games. The Seminoles are giving up quite a bit of points to good offenses, though: 74 or more points in seven straight. This one should be a fairly high-scoring finish, and I like the Panthers to pull out the cover.

Andrew's Free Pick: Pittsburgh Panthers -7.5

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Andrew has been writing about college, professional and fantasy sports betting since 2013. Andrew's goal is to break down the complicated numbers and trends into a language that's easily accessible to novice sports bettors and seasoned professionals alike.

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