The fourth-ranked Duke Blue Devils invade Tallahassee today to face the Florida State Seminoles in ACC college hoops betting action. The game tips at 7 PM ET on ESPN and will be broadcast live on WatchESPN.
Duke is a colossal double digit favorite at 10.5 points after their most convincing win of the season over tenth-ranked Notre Dame by a score of 90-60 on Saturday in Durham. After falling behind 6-0 to start the game, Duke went on a soul crushing 43-7 run to take complete control of the game.
Florida State is 13-11 on the season, including 5-6 in the ACC . The Seminoles have won three of their last four, including a 73-65 in over the Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday. The Seminoles have also split their last 10 games. Do they have a shot against Duke?
A Closer Look At The Duke at FSU College Hoops Odds & My Free Betting Pick
Matchup: (4) Duke Blue Devils at Florida State Seminoles
Date: Feb. 9, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Stadium: Donald L. Tucker Center
TV Info: ESPN
Radio: Duke Vs Florida State
Point Spread: Duke -10.5
Game Total: 143
Duke Will Cover the 10.5-point Spread If
The Blue Devils keep picking high % shots.
Duke (20-3, 7-3) was 31 of 51 (60.8 percent) from the field in their demolishing of Notre Dame on Saturday, the exact mark it shot at Florida State in a 79-60 victory Feb. 2, 2013. The effort against Notre Dame was its best ACC percentage since that game against the Seminoles.
The Blue Devils also excelled on defense, limiting the usually efficient Fighting Irish to 39.7 percent, which prompted Duke head-coach Krzyzewski to call it one of the team’s better all-around efforts in recent memory.
Okafor leads the team in scoring at 18.2 points per outing, and in rebounding, pulling down 9.3 boards per contest. Quinn Cook averages 14.2 points for Duke, while Winslow (11.4 points per game) and Tyus Jones (11.1 ppg) are also double-figure scorers.
— Duke Basketball (@dukeblueplanet) February 8, 2015
Florida State Will Cover the 10.5-point Spread If
FSU is patient on offense and gets Duke out of rhythm.
Duke is at its best when it can get into a rhythm offensively, like it did versus Virginia. Georgia Tech did a great job at keeping Duke off –balance throughout the entire matchup. Florida State can play excellent defense at times, like when it held Miami to 54 points in a 55 to 54 win on Feb. 2.
But, the real key to keeping Duke off-balance is to be patient on the offensive end. That job falls onto Xavier Rathan-Mayes who is averaging 13.8 points, 3.7 boards and 4.5 assists per game. Rathan-Mayes is 6’ 4” and 180lbs. He’s a big enough guard to pose matchup problems for the Blue Devils. More importantly, he has the passing skills and understanding of the game to keep Duke’s possessions to a minimum. If Rathan-Mayes can control the tempo, Florida State has a good shot of keeping this game close enough for a Seminoles’ cover against the spread.