The #9 Florida State Seminoles will make the short trip to Miami to battle the Hurricanes in an ACC clash Saturday afternoon from the Watsco Center. The Seminoles tallied a 54-50 home win against Virginia on Wednesday night, and the Hurricanes were topped 80-63 against NC State in their latest clash. Florida State defeated Miami in both meetings last season.
Seminoles Improve to 5-1 in ACC Play with 8th Straight Win
The #9 Florida State Seminoles are one of the hottest teams in the entire ACC. They are riding an eight-game winning streak and now feature a 5-1 record in conference play to land them at the top of the ACC standings. The Seminoles terrific defensive play resumed in a solid 54-50 home win against Virginia on Wednesday to cover the 6.5 point spread
Devin Vassell is consistently producing and has netted a combined 43 points in his last two games. The sophomore guard scored 18 points on a 7 for 15 shooting in Wednesday’s win and is averaging 12.6 points on 48.8% shooting. Trent Forrest has racked up 17 rebounds in his last two games. The senior guard owns an average of 11.8 PPG and 4.1 assists per game. M.J. Walker has scored at least 15 points in two out of his last three games. The junior guard has compiled an average of 11.1 points on a 37% clip from the field.
The Seminoles come in at #9th in the AP Top 25 this week, and they are ranked 14th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings. Florida State is 3-2 on the road and they are scoring an average of 75.1 points, placing them 99th overall. They are limiting opponents to 62.6 points, good for 50th in all of DI.
Miami Florida's Defense Woes Resume
The Miami Florida Hurricanes’ tough schedule continues in this one. They have lost three out of their last four games overall due primarily to poor defensive play, and stand at 2-4 in ACC play. The Hurricanes were outplayed in a rough 80-63 road loss to NC State on Wednesday in a game that had Miami FL as nine-point dogs.
Chris Lykes has scored at least 18 points in two out of his last three games overall. The junior guard is on a 3 for 13 stretch from three-point range in his last three tilts and is currently averaging 15.6 PPG on 43.9% shooting. Kameron McGusty struggled in Wednesday’s defeat, registering only two points but he did collect eight boards. The junior guard scored 19 points in a win against Pittsburgh earlier this week and he holds an average of 14.6 PPG and 4.8 RPG. Dejan Vasiljevic is the Hurricanes' top threat from beyond the arc. The senior guard is sporting a 41% efficiency from three-point territory and stands third in team scoring with 14.4 PPG.
The Hurricanes are positioned 93rd in DI in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and stand at 5-2 at home. Miami is scoring an average of 72.1 points, ranking them 161st in the country. Their defense has been their downfall and they are conceding an average of 72.6 points, placing them 263rd overall.
The Florida State Seminoles are:
- 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS loss.
- 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.
The top supporting trends found on donbest.com are: The Miami Florida Hurricanes are:
- 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games against a team with a winning road record.
- 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games as a home underdog.