The NCAA’s top scoring defense will be on the road at Donald L. Tucker Center, when the Virginia Cavaliers (11-4, 3-2 ACC) clash with the ninth-ranked Florida State Seminoles (14-2, 4-1 ACC). The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, and will air on ESPN2.
Virginia Cavaliers at Florida State Seminoles ATS Odds
In their last matchup, the Seminoles defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 78-68, while the Cavaliers were beaten by the Syracuse Orange, 63-55.
Florida State played a nearly perfect contest. They had a turnover percentage of 12.1 (better than their season average of 16.6) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 32.4 (above their season average of 32.2). Wake Forest was 21.5 and 29.0, respectively, for those same stats. Virginia, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (32.7 vs. 26.2). Trent Forrest had a good game for Florida State, recording 14 points and 10 rebounds. Jay Huff played a key role for Virginia with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
This was a highly competitive series last year, as the teams split their two games last season. In the last matchup, the Seminoles won 69-59. The Seminoles’ 40.9 offensive rebounding percentage was their largest strength over the Cavaliers, who had a mark of 21.2. This is the first time these teams will battle this year.
The game should be a showdown of strength against strength as the productive offense of Florida State takes on the top-notch defense of Virginia. The Seminoles rank 43rd in offensive efficiency, while the Cavaliers are first in defensive efficiency.
Virginia at Florida State Free Pick
Free Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Florida State, ATS Winner – Florida State, O/U – Under
- Florida State ranks 14th in steals per game (9.5) while Virginia ranks 163rd (5.9).
- The Seminoles average 21.2 three pointers per game, which ranks 173rd in the nation. The Cavaliers rank 201st in three pointers allowed per game (23.7).
- Virginia is second in the country with 7.9 assists allowed per game while Florida State is eighth with 9.1 assists allowed per game.
- The Cavaliers rank 14th in rebounds allowed per game (30.3) while the Seminoles rank 78th (33.4).
- Florida State ranks 15th in blocks per game (5.6) while Virginia ranks 64th (4.1).
- During their last five games, the Cavaliers have scored an average of 59.4 points per game (7.2 above their season average) and allowed an average of 57.6 points per game (12.0 above their season average).
- The Seminoles’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 11.6, down from 12.9 for the season.