After putting together a seven-game winning streak, the 17th-ranked Duke Blue Devils have dropped two in a row. They will look to bounce back when they host the 15th-ranked Florida State Seminoles in a game that is all about positioning for the postseason.
The betting line has not yet been released with the status of Duke junior guard Grayson Allen up in the air. He sat out Saturday’s loss at Miami while nursing an ankle injury.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Allen took part in a Sunday workout. The goal is for the team’s third-leading scorer (15.0 points per game) to play, the coach said.
"I wish we had more certainty," Krzyzewski said
Tip-off is this Tuesday, February 28th at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN from the Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina.
These two met back on January 10th, when the Seminoles won 88-72. Krzyzewski didn’t accompany the team to the first meeting with Florida State because he was less than a week removed from hip surgery.
Florida State Seminoles Vs Duke Blue Devils
What: No. 15 Florida State Seminoles (23-6) at No. 17 Duke Blue Devils (22-7)
When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Start Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Durham, North Carolina
Stadium: Cameron Indoor Stadium
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Florida State vs Duke
Why Bet The Florida State Seminoles To Beat The Blue Devils
The Florida State Seminoles have won two in a row, including a win over Clemson (76-74) in their last outing. They are 26-6 SU and 19-9 ATS this season. They average 84.1 points per game (15th) and allow 71.6 points per game (156th).
The Seminoles shoot 48.9% from the field (14th) and 36.6% from beyond the arch (108th). Against Clemson, junior guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes (10.3 PPG & 4.5 APG) led the Seminoles with 15 points. He shot 5-12 from the field. Sophomore guard Dwayne Bacon (16.6 PPG & 3.9 APG) added 12 points.
"Knowing we can get down on the road and win in tough situations and play the way we did (today) is definitely optimistic for us," said Rathan-Mayes, who scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half.
Florida State averages 37.5 rebounds per game (tied-89th), 15.2 (tied-74th) and 7.59 steals. They have a +12.52 point differential this season. Freshman forward Jonathan Isaac leads the team with 7.3 rebounds per game and 1.2 steals.
Why Bet The Duke Blue Devils To Beat The Seminoles
Duke has lost their last two games, including a 55-50 defeat at the hands of Miami on the weekend. They are 22-7 SU and 11-17 ATS this season. They average 80.6 points per game (tied-32nd) and allow 68.4 points per game (79th).
The Blue Devils shoot 47.5% from the field (41st) and 37.5% from three-point land (65th). Sophomore guard Luke Kennard (19.9 PPG & 5.2 RPG) scored 16 points against the Hurricanes. Freshman guard (9.9 PPG & 2.3 RPG) also put up 16 points coming off the bench. No other player for Duke reached double digits.
"We’ve got to get well," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "All these games are important, but we’ve got to get him well."
Duke averages 37.0 rebounds (tied-111th), 13.9 assists (tied-149th), and 5.86 steals per game. The Devils have a +12.21 point differential this season. Senior forward Amile Jefferson leads the team with 8.8 rebounds per game and senior guard Matt Jones is tops with 1.6 steals.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Blue Devils are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up loss.
- Blue Devils are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite.
- Blue Devils are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Duke has lost only once in 15 home games this season.
- Seminoles are 8-0-1 ATS in their last 9 Tuesday games.
- Florida State is 1-2 in ACC road games this month.
FSU vs Duke Pick:
Duke hasn’t had a three-game losing streak this season, but the Blue Devils suffered road losses to Syracuse and Miami last week and I am betting the Seminoles hand Duke that third loss.