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Pittsburgh vs Florida State Pick & Preview: Saturday, February 11th Betting Odds
Panthers vs Seminoles Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Pittsburgh Panthers at Florida State Seminoles
- Where: Tallahassee at Donald L. Tucker Center
- Date: Saturday, February 11th
- Betting Odds: Pittsburgh -4.5, PITT -201 | FLST +163 O/U 144.5
Heading into today’s matchup vs Florida State, the Pittsburgh Panthers will be taking the floor for the 25th time this season and have an overall record of 17-7. On the road, the Panthers will be playing their 9th game of the season, having gone 6-3. So far, the Panthers have been favored 13 times, going 11-2 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Pittsburgh as -4.5 point favorites.
Pittsburgh will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Blake Hinson who is averaging 15.46 points per game for the Panthers. Hinson is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Panthers’ offensive game plan is the play of Jamarius Burton who has hit 51.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.86 points 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.
Florida State heads into this matchup having played 25 games and have an overall record sitting at 8-17. So far this season, Florida State has played 14 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-9. For the season, Florida State has been the underdog in 16 games, sitting with a mark of 3-13. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Seminoles being +4.5 point underdogs.
Matthew Cleveland comes into today’s game as the Seminoles’ leading scorer at 14.36 points per contest. Not only has Cleveland been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Florida State’s top rebounder at 7.84 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 14.08 points per game. Overall, he has hit 41.4% of his shots and is adding 3.0 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.
Free Spread Prediction: Florida State Seminoles +4.5
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 home dogs. Our analysis points to the Seminoles’ defense as the key reason that they will cover at +4.5. 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 at home.