Florida State Looking to Upset the Status Quo Against Duke
The Florida State Seminoles and the Duke Blue Devils will battle on Saturday at Spectrum Center. The 2019 ACC Basketball Championship will be on the line. Florida State has upset the apple cart this year. Traditional stalwarts North Carolina and Virginia got beat by Duke and FSU in the semi-finals.
The 5th-ranked Blue Devils will play for its 21st conference title tonight in Charlotte, N.C. The Blue Devils, who are seeded third in the tournament, got to the final with a thrilling win over rival North Carolina. The fourth-seeded Seminoles, who are 13th in the nation, surprised many with an upset win over top-seeded Virginia.
Zion Williamson tipped in his own miss with 30.3 seconds left on the clock to give Duke a one-point lead. That would be the last points scored in the game as the Blue Devils held on for a 74-73 win over North Carolina. Florida State’s win wasn’t quite as exciting. The Seminoles used their depth and length to shut down Virginia’s offense in its 69-59 semifinal win. Duke and Florida State met just once during the ACC regular season. The Blue Devils stunned the host Seminoles with a last-second 3-pointer on Jan. 12th. Cameron Reddish hit the game-winner as part of his 23-point performance in that 80-78 win. ACC scoring leader R.J. Barrett had a game-high 32 on 10-of-19 shooting.
This, That, and a Conference Championship Dart Throw
Florida State is 27-6 on the season. The Seminoles controlled the game against the Cavaliers from start to finish. FSU won their sixth game in a row and 14th out of 15. Christ Koumadje, a 7-4 center, scored nine points on 3-of-3 shooting. He added nine rebounds in 19 minutes. Mfiondu Kabengele, a 6-10 forward , was named the ACC’s Sixth Man of the Year. He added 10 points and six rebounds in 16 minutes. The duo dominated inside. Guard David Nichols led the team in scoring with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting. The Seminoles shot 56.5 percent against the top-ranked scoring defense and third-ranked field-goal percentage defense in Division I.
Duke is 28-5 on the season. Zion Williamson is coming off a quarterfinal game where he scored 29 points on 13-of-13 shooting. He was once again the best player on the court. The phenom scored 31 points on 13-of-19 shooting and adding 11 rebounds against the Tar Heels. Barrett was averaging 23.3 points entering Friday’s game. He added 15 while also scraped eight rebounds and seven assists. The Blue Devils were far from perfect on Friday. They shot just 5-of-20 from long range and made only 7-of-13 free throws.
PREDICTION: Duke 68, Florida State 65
ACC Championship Betting Odds Trends
|Florida State Seminoles|
|Florida State is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games|
|Florida State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida State’s last 7 games|
|Florida State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Duke|
|Florida State is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Duke|
|The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Florida State’s last 25 games when playing Duke|
|Duke Blue Devils|
|Duke is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games|
|Duke is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Duke’s last 5 games|
|Duke is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Florida State|
|Duke is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Florida State|
|The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Duke’s last 25 games when playing Florida State|
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