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Florida State vs Pittsburgh Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds

Seminoles vs Panthers Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Florida State Seminoles at Pittsburgh Panthers
  • Where: Pittsburgh at Petersen Events Center
  • Date: Saturday, January 21st
  • Betting Odds: Florida State +7.5, FLST +263 | PITT -344 O/U 145.5

Seminoles Preview:

Through 19 games, the Florida State Seminoles have an overall record of 6-13. So far, the Seminoles have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 1-7. For the season, Florida State has been the underdog in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 2-9. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Seminoles being +7.5 point underdogs.

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Matthew Cleveland comes into today’s game as the Seminoles’ leading scorer at 14.42 points per contest. Not only has Cleveland been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Florida State’s top rebounder at 8.11 boards per contest. Behind Cleveland, the team has benefited from the strong play of Darin Green Jr, who is second on the team in scoring at 14.05 points per game. Overall, he has hit 42.2% of his shots and is adding 3.11 boards per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Florida State this season, as they are currently ranked 198th in college basketball at 71.0 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Seminoles’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.1%, placing them 318th in the NCAA.

Panthers Preview:

The Pittsburgh Panthers head into today’s game in what will be their 20th game of the season, posting a record of 13-6. So far this season, Pittsburgh has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 8-3. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Panthers as the -7.5 point favorites. The Panthers have been favored 9 times, going 8-1 straight up.

Blake Hinson comes into today’s game as the Panthers’ leading scorer at 15.63 points per contest. Not only has Hinson been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Pittsburgh’s top rebounder at 6.47 boards per contest. Behind Hinson, the team has benefited from the strong play of Jamarius Burton, who is second on the team in scoring at 16.29 points per game. Overall, he has hit 53.5% of his shots and is adding 4.76 boards per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Pittsburgh this season, as they are currently ranked 442nd in college basketball at 61.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Panthers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.4%, placing them 392nd in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Florida State Seminoles +7.5

In this matchup, between the Florida State Seminoles and Pittsburgh Panthers, we recommend getting a bet down on Florida State to cover the spread as road dogs. Our analysis points to the Seminoles’ defense as the key reason that they will cover at +7.5. Look for Pittsburgh’s offensive struggles to continue, as their overall field goal percentage is just 372nd in college basketball. Although the oddsmakers have Pittsburgh as the betting favorite, before tip-off we feel good about taking the points with Florida State on the road.

 


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