It wasn’t all that long ago that the Florida State Seminoles pulled off the huge upset at the gun against the Duke Blue Devils on the road. Now, the two teams meet with first place in the ACC on the line in college basketball betting action on Thursday night in Tallahassee.
Say what you want about Duke; the team just keeps winning the games that it really has to win. Sure, there are those home losses to these Noles and to the Miami Hurricanes, but those defeats came with a last second heave and a prayer and an OT triumph. There was a win on Tobacco Road over the Notre Carolina Tar Heels and a 20-point comeback against the NC State Wolfpack in this mix as well. With their hopes of a top seed in the NCAA Tournament on the line, the Blue Devils now return to Tallahassee, a place that they haven’t had all that much success over the years. The difference though, is that FSU most certainly has Duke’s attention, and this is a game that has been circled on the calendar for at least four weeks. Considering that this is a team that has lost so much scoring potential from recent successful teams, including one that won the national championship, the Blue Devils are doing well to average 79.5 points per game this year, ranking No. 11 in the nation coming into this week.
The win over the Dookies definitely didn’t ensure that FSU would be in the NCAA Tournament, but now that it has 10 wins in conference place, including some other massive victories, there is no doubt that the Noles are, at worst, just one more win away from dancing. The last second win over the Virginia Tech Hokies and a romp over the NC State Wolfpack on the road capped off a great week last week, and though the schedule down the stretch isn’t easy, it is certainly manageable. The Seminoles have been great this year at the Donald L. Tucker Center, going 8-5 ATS and 14-1 SU. The big question though, is about all of the inconsistencies that this team has shown. That one loss at home came to the lowly Princeton Tigers in a game in which the offense was terrible anemic. The only reason that the garnet and gold aren’t in the driver’s seat for the top spot in the ACC Tournament is because they were beaten by the Boston College Eagles two weeks ago. This is a team that just makes you shake your head all the time, but if it continues to play to the level of its competition, this is a game that really could be won.
The Final Word: Florida State could very well win this game, but we think that it would really be seen as a tremendous “upset” if it did happen. This is still a game that Duke is probably winning more often than not, especially after taking that motivation from the loss in Durham. The Dookies get their payback on Thursday night and finally trip up the Seminoles at home in ACC play.
Duke Blue Devils @ Florida State Seminoles Pick: Duke Blue Devils
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