The Florida State Seminoles will host the NC State Wolfpack in an ACC battle on Wednesday night. The Wolfpack are attempting to avoid a third straight defeat. They are coming off a home loss to Miami Florida.
The Seminoles have yet to play in 2021 due to COVID postponements. They were 4-0 to open the season and are now 5-2. FSU recorded a 67-61 road win over NC State in the lone meeting last season.
NC State Stunned by Miami in Second Straight Loss
The NC State Wolfpack were 3-0 to open the season but have been inconsistent since. NC State earned two narrow wins against the Tar Heels and Boston College in their first two conference battles and have now lost two straight to even their ACC record to 2-2 on the year. They were 6.5 point favorites in a disappointing 64-59 home loss to Miami on Saturday. NC State has only covered in one out of their last six games.
Devon Daniels hasn’t been able to find his scoring touch recently. The senior guard is only 4 for 13 from beyond the arc in his last three games and is averaging 15.9 PPG on 45% shooting. DJ Funderbunk is playing well and has scored at least 20 points in two out of his last three clashes. The senior forward has filed an average of 13 PPG on a stellar 65% clip from the field. Jericole Hellems has only scored a combined 13 points in his last two games. The 6-foot-7 junior forward is averaging 11.2 PPG.
The Wolfpack are currently ranked 49th in DI in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings. NC State is dangerous in the offensive end and is scoring an average of 77.3 points, good for 87th overall. They are allowing an average of 65.7 points, landing them 77th in the country.
Seminoles Back in Action after Postponements
The Florida State Seminoles are finally back in action after their last two games against Duke and Pittsburgh were postponed due to COVID protocol. FSU has lost two out of their last three games overall and were 1.5 point dogs in a 77-67 road loss to Clemson in their latest action on December 29th. The Seminoles stand at 1-1 in ACC play with the lone win coming against Georgia Tech. They have not covered in three consecutive games.
MJ Walker is having an inconsistent season. The senior guard has the talent but has shot below 45% in all but two games this season. Walker leads the team with 15.3 PPG on a 40% clip from the field. Scottie Barnes has only tallied double-digits in points in one out of his last three performances. The freshman guard features an average of 11.1 PPG and 4.3 APG. Anthony Polite is having a great season. The junior guard is in a groove from three-point range where he owns a 51.9% efficiency and is averaging 10.9 PPG accompanied by 5.1 RPG.
New Year, Same Ant 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/3ZTEtFOaE5— Florida State Men’s Basketball (@FSUHoops) January 5, 2021
The Seminoles are placed 31st overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and dropped out of the AP top 25 rankings this week as they have not played yet this month. Florida State is scoring an average of 75 points, placing them 125th in the country. They are limiting opponents to 68.4 points, landing them 149th overall.
The NC State Wolfpack are:
- 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games.
- the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The Florida State Seminoles are:
- 5-11 ATS in their last 16 Wednesday games.