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No. 17 Florida State hits the road to play Georgia Tech in an Atlantic Coast Conference tilt Saturday. Florida State is 19-5 on the year and 7-4 in the ACC. But they are currently perhaps the hottest team in the conference, having won their last 6 games. Georgia tech is heading in the other direction. The Yellow Jackets are 11-14 and 3-9 in the ACC. But they have now lost 6 straight games. Can the Yellow Jackets shock Florida State? It seems unlikely, but can they cover the spread?
Florida State keeps winning
Florida State has charged up the standings on the strength of 6 straight wins. Now, at 7-4, they are in position to make a run towards Duke, Virginia, and North Carolina, who sit ahead of them. their most recent victory was an 88-66 blowout win over Wake Forest at home. Christ Koumadje, the Seminoles 7’4″ center, recorded his first career double-double, with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Phil Cofer added 13 points and Mfiondu Kabengele scored 9 points and hauled in 7 rebounds for Florida State. The Seminoles shot 56 percent from the field and 38 percent from three, making 10 for 26 from beyond the arc. Florida State won the rebounded battle 43-27 and had 21 assists and just 7 turnovers.
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Kabengele leads Florida State with 13.4 points and 5 rebounds per game, while Terrence Mann averages 12 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Trent Forrest averages 9 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals per game, while Cofer scores 8 points per game. As a team, Florida State scores 75 points per game on 45 percent shooting from the floor and 34 percent shooting from three. They also shoot 73 percent from the charity stripe. Also, they average 37 rebounds, 13 assists, and 14 turnovers per game. Defensively, the Seminoles give up 68 points per game. Opponents shoot 42 percent from the field against them and 33 percent from three-point range. They average 7.8 steals and 4 blocks per game.
Georgia Tech keeps losing
Georgia Tech is as cold as Florida State is hot. they have lost 6 straight games to fall to 11-14 and 3-9 in the ACC. In their latest loss at Virginia Tech, they battled hard but fell short 76-68. The Yellow Jackets were up 35-30 early in the second half, but the Hokies went on a 17-2 run to take the lead. The Yellow Jackets came back to cut the lead to 49-48 but then a 7-0 run put the Hokies in the lead for good. ”We’re going to break through at some point,” Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner said. ”We’re getting better. We’re getting closer to it. We’ve just got to keep staying the course.” The Jackets shot 43 percent from the field and made 11 of 27 from three. They won the rebound battle 31-26 but had 13 turnovers. Michael Devoe led Georgia Tech with 22 points, 5 boards and 5 assists. James Banks added 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Kristian Sjolund added 11 points.
Jose Alvarado leads Georgia Tech with 11.4 points, 3 assists, and nearly 2 steals per game. Banks averages 10.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game. His blocks total is 12th in the country. Also, Devoe averages 10 points and Brandon Alston averages 9 points per game. As a team, Georgia Tech scores 65 points per game on 44 percent shooting from the floor and 30 percent shooting from three. They also shoot 70 percent from the charity stripe. Also, they average 34 rebounds, 13 assists, and 15 turnovers per game. Defensively, the Yellow Jackets give up just 65 points per game. Opponents shoot 39 percent from the field against them and 28 percent from three-point range, which ranks 14th and 9th in the country, respectively. They average 7.5 steals and 5.2 blocks per game, which is 9th in the country.
Georgia Tech is:
- 1-5 ATS last 6 home vs. FSU.
- Seminoles are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.
- Seminoles are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Seminoles are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Atlantic Coast.
- Seminoles are 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 Saturday games.
- Seminoles are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The last time these teams met, Florida State won 69-59 at home on February 2. The Seminoles will complete the season sweep with an easy win over the Yellow Jackets at Georgia Tech. This is a no-brainer. Tech has lost 6 straight and all of the games have been double digit losses. There’s no way they keep it close against the 17th ranked Seminoles, who have won 6 straight and is the hottest team in the conference. The Seminoles are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Georgia Tech. Also, the road team is 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings between these two teams. Roll with the Seminoles giving up the points.
Prediction: Florida State -6
Full-Game Total Pick
Florida State averages 75 points per game and gives up 68 points per game. Georgia Tech scores only about 65 points and gives up around the same amount. However, Florida State has put up more than 80 points in each of their last three games. The over-under is set way to low in this one considering how well the Seminoles are playing so go with the over. The over is 12-4 in Seminoles last 16 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. You’ve got to roll with the over in this game.