Clemson Tigers vs Florida State Seminoles prediction and college basketball game preview.
Clemson vs Florida State Broadcast
Date: Saturday, January 23
Game Time: 3:00 ET
Venue: Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, FL
Clemson (9-3) vs Florida State (8-2) Game Preview
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Why Clemson Will Win
The defense still works.
Clemson was able to beat Florida State by ten – and overcome a rough shooting day from the outside – back in late December by clamping down on the outside and dominating on the glass.
The Tigers should be able to overcome FSU’s shot-blocking capabilities by shooting over the D – the Seminoles aren’t as great at defending form three as they were in the first game – and they’re quick enough to force a whole lot of mistakes. This isn’t a great rebounding team, but it should be able to hold its own again. However …
Why Florida State Will Win
Clemson’s defense has gone bye-bye over the last few games.
Strong all season, all of a sudden it can’t stop teams from hitting from the outside. First Virginia went all Steph Curry on the Tigers in an 85-50 win, and then Georgia Tech went off a few days ago in an 83-65 win. The Cavaliers and Yellow Jackets combined to hit 31-of-53 tries from three, and Clemson couldn’t keep up.
Hitting from three isn’t really what Florida State does, but it’s been good at it lately with a hot-shooting streak over its three game winning streak.
The rebounding performance form Clemson in the first game was an anomaly – it hasn’t come close to getting 46 rebounds in any other game. This isn’t that strong a team on the defensive glass, and the offense isn’t strong enough to keep up if the Noles can get off to a hot start.
What’s Going To Happen
Are Clemson’s problems over the last two games an indication of things to come, or is the glitch fixed? The Seminoles are shooting too well, Clemson isn’t getting to the line enough – it got there a whopping 33 times in the first matchup – and this will be a vastly different game than the December meeting.
Clemson at Florida State Prediction, Line
Florida State 73, Clemson 68
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Florida State -7, o/u: 136.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
Must See Rating: 3
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