Georgia Tech (2-2) at No. 15 Florida State (3-0)
The Seminoles have fashioned a 43-29 lead in the series as they have won four in a row, and 16 of 18, dating back to the 2006-07 season. Florida State defeated Georgia Tech, 70-58, in the last meeting as the ‘Noles held the Yellow Jackets to 40 percent from the floor while forcing 20 turnovers.
Vs. the Spread:
The Jackets are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games, but 3-8 ATS in the last 11 outings against FSU. The total has gone OVER in 13 of the Seminoles’ last 20 games, but the UNDER has been the play in four of the last five between these two teams.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets||+8 (-110)||+320||O 136½ (-105)|
|Florida State Seminoles||-8 (-110)||-400||U 136½ (-115)|
Last Time Out:
The Yellow Jackets won their second in a row in taking down Nebraska, 75-64, in the ACC-BigTen Challenge. Jose Alvarado scored 24 points and he scored 19 of those as the Yellow Jackets over came a 6-point deficit in the second half. This came on the heels of winning their first game of the season over Kentucky, 74-59.
Freshman Scottie Barnes scored 17 points as the Seminoles defeated Florida, 83-71, on Saturday. The game was understandably in question when Florida forward Keyontae Johnson collapsed some four minutes into the game. Florida State deferred to the Gators on whether they wanted to continue the game as the AP reported that coach Mike White asked his players twice and they voted to move forward with the game. Anthony Polite added 14 for FSU.
The Yellow Jackets turned up the defense on the Wildcats and Cornhuskers after falling in four overtimes to Georgia State and dropping a second loss to Mercer. They held Kentucky and Nebraska to a combined 40.9 percent from the floor while forcing 37 turnovers. If Jose Alvarado stays healthy, he will be a difference maker for coach Josh Pastner this season as we saw last week when he scored 11 points in a decisive 18-9 run that gave Tech a 65-56 lead en route to the win over Nebraska. Moses Wright looks to progress after 12 points against the Cornhuskers. That followed his 0-for-6 effort in the win over Kentucky.
FSU is 68-3 at home since 2015-16 as coach Leonard Hamilton has made Florida State into an elite team in the storied ACC. The Seminoles are starting to make their presence felt from 3-point range as well. They only made 7-of-24 triples in their opening win over North Florida. In the two wins over Indiana and Florida, FSU combined to make 16-of-36. Defense is the name of the game in Tallahassee as well as Rai’Quan Gray, Malik Osborne, and Anthony Polite have led the Seminoles to an average of 9.3 steals per game in the first three outings. FSU led the ACC in steals a year ago with 273 or 8.8 per game.
Winner: Florida State 72, Georgia Tech (+8) 62
O/U: UNDER 136½