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#7987 Florida State (FSU) vs.
#7988 Miami - FL
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 8:30pm EST
Written by The Admiral

Florida State Seminoles (13-3) vs. Miami Hurricanes (7-13)

The Florida State Seminoles will be looking for their fourth straight victory when they take on the Miami Hurricanes on Wednesday. The Seminoles defeated Pittsburgh on Saturday, 79-72, for their third win in a row. Miami lost to Georgia Tech on Saturday, 87-60. That is their third loss in a row.

Florida State is favored by 12-points in this game. FSU has beaten Miami six straight times, including an 81-59 victory back on January 27. The Seminoles are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings between these teams.

Seminoles Roll Past Panthers

Rai’Quan Gray scored 16 points and added eight rebounds to lead Florida State to a 79-72 victory over Pittsburgh. Florida State jumped out to a six-point lead at the half and never looked back. Pittsburgh led just one time in this game as FSU went to the line 29 times, hitting 23 of their free throws. RayQuan Evans and Malik Osborne both scored 12 points for the Seminoles.

Florida State is averaging 79.3 ppg, 35th in the country while allowing 69.1 points per contest. They are shooting 47.2% from the floor, 45th in the nation, and 39.4% from the three-point range, eighth overall. Even at the free-throw line, they are doing well, hitting on 74.0% of their attempts, 77th in the nation. They are 76th in rebounds per game (34.7), 92nd in steals per contest (7.3), and 17th in blocked shots per game (4.9).

M.J. Walker leads the team in scoring at 13.1 ppg. Gray is second at 11.7 points per game and leads the team in rebounding at 6.6 per contest. Scottie Barnes is also averaging in double digits at 10.3 points per game.

Short-Handed Hurricanes Fall at Georgia Tech

With four players out and one going down in the contest, Miami found themselves thoroughly undermanned in their 87-60 loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon. The Hurricanes shot 39.2% from the field, including going just five of 17 from the three-point range. Isaiah Wong had four points before going down 18 minutes into the game. Elijah Olaniyi led the team with 18 points and added seven rebounds.

Miami is averaging 66.1 ppg while allowing 70.8 points per contest. They are shooting 42.3% from the floor but only 29.0% from the three-point range, ranking them in the bottom 10 teams in the nation. They are shooting 67.6% from the free-throw line. The Hurricanes are 64th in the country in blocks at 4.0 per game.

Wong is the leading scorer for Miami at 16.7 points per game. He is expected to play on Wednesday. However, Chris Lykes, the team’s second-leading scorer, is out for the season. Earl Timberlake and Harlond Beverly are both out after sustaining injuries within the last week.

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The rivalry between Florida State and Miami is a heated one, and so a 12-point advantage for either team is a lot. It honestly does not matter what the records may be. These teams give their very best when having to face one another.

The problem is that Miami does not have its very best right now. They have just six scholarship athletes on their team right now, and who knows what the status of Wong will be on Wednesday. He should play, but who knows how that right ankle will feel.

I see the Hurricanes giving it their best effort, but they just do not have enough in this game.

Prediction: Take Florida State and give up the points -12.0 (-110)

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The total is set at 143.5. Florida State has gone over in three of their last four games on the road, and have gone over in 20 of their last 30 overall. Miami has gone over in four of their last five games at home.

The Seminoles have scored at least 79 points in each of their three recent victories, including 92 against Wake Forest. I see them coming up with at least 80 points in this game. The question then becomes if Miami can score at least 64. The Hurricanes have averaged 60.5 points per game over the last two contests and have scored 61 or fewer points in six of their last eight games. That includes 59 against Florida State on January 27.

Can they do it? I think not. I will take the under here.

Take Florida State to win, 81-58.

Prediction: Go under 143.5 (-110)
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Written By Admir Aljic , "The Admiral"

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