Hot Seminoles To Keep It Going At Notre Dame

Florida State Seminoles Basketball

Willie Bee

Saturday, February 11, 2017 3:51 PM GMT

The Seminoles and Fighting Irish gave us an exciting matchup a few weeks ago, and we're back with a free college basketball pick for their rematch on Saturday.

Season: 32-30-1 (-1.00)

It's really getting interesting in the ACC where eight of the 15 teams sit just two games apart in the standings. Two of those battle it out Saturday at Purcell Pavilion where the Notre Dame Fighting Irish host the Florida State Seminoles (6 PM ET). The contest has been hovering around a pick 'em since the first lines went out, Bookmaker listing Notre Dame -1 early Saturday morning with 155 for the total.

It's only the sixth meeting between the schools, but second already this year and we can easily imagine a third in the ACC Tournament. It was just over three weeks ago when the 'Noles took down the Irish in Tallahassee by an 83-80 count, using a late run to rally for the dubya but fall short of the closing 5½ point spread. It was FSU's fourth win in five meetings, The clash in South Bend about 26 months ago marked Notre Dame's only victory in the series, and 83-63 decision to double up on the -10 line that Fighting Irish backers were burdened with.

 

FSU Can Claim Sole Possession Of 1st In ACC With A Victory

Florida State (21-4 straight up, 14-9 against the spread) had that little hiccup a couple of weeks ago, dropping two straight on the road at Georgia Tech and Syracuse and failing to cover the NCAA basketball odds in either game. Currently 10th in the nation in scoring at 84.8 PPG, it was offense that failed the Seminoles in the two losses, the squad averaging 64 points in the setbacks and shooting a season-low 28.2% against the Yellow Jackets.

Leonard Hamilton's lads have since rediscovered their shooting touch with three easy wins in a row, the closest of those triumphs being an 18-point advantage at Miami to begin February. The Seminoles shot close to 49% in a 95-71 win three days ago vs. NC State, and will have a week off after this game before traveling to Pittsburgh next Saturday.

 

Irish 1-6 Vs. Ranked Teams, 3-4 ATS

Notre Dame (18-7 SU, 11-8 ATS) caught everyone's attention early on the conference slate with a win over then-No. 9 Louisville. That remains the only victory against a ranked opponent this season, however, and the Fighting Irish still have a return date at Louisville to close out the regular season, one of three road games left on their slate following today's game. Mike Brey's bunch did finally stop a 4-game skid earlier this week with an 88-81 decision over Wake Forest, the final just enough to cover the 6 point chalk line.

When the schools met in January, they were battling for first place in the conference. That defeat set Notre Dame into a funk that saw the Irish lose five of six, and now only Florida State can claim sole possession of first with a win today. The Irish could get things back together soon and be a force to reckon with in both the ACC and NCAA Tournaments, but that turnaround won't begin today with the Seminoles playing some of their best basketball. Mark me down for a free college basketball pick on FSU.

Free NCAAB Pick: Florida State +1½ Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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