The Duke Blue Devils (27-5) and Florida State Seminoles (22-9) will meet in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Saturday afternoon inside Philips Arena in Atlanta.
Duke Blue Devils vs. Florida State Seminoles
Duke captured a 60-56 win over the Virginia Tech Hokies in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament, which sets up the third meeting of the year against the Florida State Seminoles. The Blue Devils know they will need to get after it on the defensive end in hopes of picking up a victory in this affair. “There’s going to be nights when you can’t make anything,” commented Blue Devils guard Austin Rivers. “Our defense won the game tonight.” The program has won 10 straight games in this event and is 36-4 in the tournament since 1998. Duke is 2-4 ATS on a neutral floor this year.
The Blue Devils will look to get Seth Curry involved offensively, as he’s the team’s active leading scorer in averaging 10.3 points per game during ACC tournament play. He is the second-leading scorer on the team behind Rivers, coming in averaging 13.4 points per game. Rivers has really come on offensively down the stretch, scoring in double figures in 15 consecutive games. Duke has won 16 of its 27 games by 10 points or less this season.
Florida State moved past the Miami Hurricanes with an 81-72 win in Friday’s quarterfinal round and will try to reach the ACC championship game for the second time in school history. “There won’t be any secrets,” stated Seminoles head coach Leonard Hamilton about this afternoon’s matchup. “They have a system and we have a system.” Offensively, the team has been red hot on the perimeter, hitting 52.9 percent of its shots from beyond the arc in the past three games. Florida State is 12-14 ATS as an underdog the last two-plus years.
The Seminoles will look to get Michael Snaer involved on the offensive end early, as he’s hit four of nine attempts from beyond the arc against the Blue Devils this year. He has hit 75 percent of his 3-point shots in the last two games. Florida State definitely wants to get out to a fast start and will look to push its record to 21-0 when leading at halftime this year.
Bettors will likely back the Seminoles due to their 8-5 ATS record in March the past two-plus seasons, while the Blue Devils are 9-10 ATS in the same situation.
Recommendation: Florida State Seminoles +2.5
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