NCAA Basketball Picks: Duke Blue Devils vs. Florida State Seminoles

No. 5 Duke Blue Devils at Florida State Seminoles
Saturday, 2/2/13, 2:00 PM EST, TV:  ESPN
Opening Point Spread:  Duke -6.5
Current Betting Line:  Duke -6.5
Opening Total:  143
Current Total:  143
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Duke Blue Devils have dropped their of their last four games versus the Florida State Seminoles
The Duke Blue Devils have dropped their of their last four games versus the Florida State Seminoles

Duke has won back-to-back games since suffering its second loss of the season, as it comes off a 75-70 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons as 13.5-point road favorites Wednesday night.  The Blue Devils were led by forward Mason Plumlee’s career-high 32 points, while he combined with Seth Curry for 24 of the team’s 35 points in the final 20 minutes.  Plumlee leads a group of five players on the roster averaging double figures in scoring.  Duke is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 road games, which can’t be ignored when making your NCAA basketball picks Saturday.

The Blue Devils lead the ACC in three-point field goal percentage, which has played a major part in their current scoring average of 78.0 points per game.  Duke is 31-9 all-time against Florida State, including a 13-6 mark in Tallahassee, but the program has dropped three of the last four meetings.  It’s important to note that the last four games between these rivals have been decided by eight points or less.

Florida State has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it comes off a 73-71 victory over the Maryland Terrapins as three-point home favorites, while going OVER the total for the first time in five opportunities.  The Seminoles are 12-8 overall on the season, while entering this affair with a 4-3 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play.  Florida State is 0-5 ATS in its last five conference games, which is important to consider when looking over the college basketball odds page.

The Seminoles have won 27 games versus ranked teams during the first 11 years of the Leonard Hamilton era, which includes six victories over the Blue Devils.   Florida State has compiled a solid 16-3 record at home in ACC play in the last three seasons, as it enjoys a great advantage playing in front of its fans at the Donald L. Tucker Center.  Guard Michael Snaer is the player to watch offensively, averaging 14.2 points per game.

Sports bettors will likely play the Blue Devils due to their 4-0 ATS mark following a spread loss, while the Seminoles are 0-5 ATS in their last five games versus winning teams.

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