Lions vs. Seminoles Prediction
The 17th-ranked Florida State Seminoles have a home date this afternoon versus the North Alabama Lions. Can Florida cover the big number?
Saturday, December 28, 2019
Donald L. Tucker Center at 2PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Seminoles are a 24.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 137 points. As of Saturday morning, 54 percent of public bets are being placed on host FSU. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Lions fall at Bulldogs
North Alabama lost by a score of 92-80 eight days ago at Alabama A&M to drop to 5-7 overall and 0-7 on the road. C.J. Brim led the Lions with 22 points on 6-of-10 shooting including 3-of-5 from 3-point range plus 7-of-8 at the free throw line. He also dished out five assists. Mervin James accounted for 18 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots. Christian Agnew tallied 13 points and eight boards. Emanuel Littlies added 12 points, 11 caroms and two assists. The Lions were outscored 52-41 in the second half of the defeat.
Seminoles rally past Bulls
Florida State overcame a 10-point deficit in the last seven minutes last Saturday in a 66-60 victory over South Florida in the Orange Bowl Classic. The Seminoles (10-2) outscored the Bulls 38-29 in the second half of the defeat. Raiquan Gray helped lead a balanced scoring attack for FSU with 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting including 1-of-3 from 3-point range plus 2-of-2 at the charity stripe. He also racked up seven rebounds and three steals. Trent Forrest tallied 11 points, three assists, three blocked shots and two steals. M.J. Walker had 11 points and two steals. Anthony Polite added 11 points, five boards, four dimes and two steals off the bench.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Lions are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss. North Alabama is 2-7 ATS in its last nine road games.
The Seminoles are 2-6 ATS in their last eight Saturday games. Florida State is 5-1 ATS in its last six games following an ATS loss.
The Seminoles like to play one of the deepest rosters in the nation and they can easily overwhelm opponents when they click on all cylinders. They didn't last Saturday, but I expect a more focused effort here after laying an egg the first 33 minutes against South Florida. The best team the Lions have played thus far is Indiana on the road they were blown out that day. I'm putting my money on FSU here.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES -24.5