The No. 11 Louisville Cardinals (23-5, 14-3 ACC) travel to Florida State to take on the No. 8 Seminoles (23-4, 13-3 ACC) in a matchup that pits phenomenal offense against exceptional defense. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, February 24, 2020, and will air on ESPN.
Florida State opens as 2.5 point favorites over Louisville at DraftKings NJ and now down to 1.5/2 around the market, Current total sits at 140.5.
Louisville Cardinals at Florida State Seminoles Free Prediction
The Cardinals come in on a high note after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels in their last outing, 72-55. The Cardinals had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 41.2 (above their season average of 32.4), while the Tar Heels had a turnover percentage of 23.1 (above their season average of 15.4). Louisville received a boost from Jordan Nwora, who was the top scorer from either team with 18 points on 7-for-15 shooting.
The last time the Seminoles played, they beat the North Carolina State Wolfpack, 67-61. The Seminoles had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.333 (above their season average of 0.219) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 39.5 (above their season average of 33.7). With nine points and 12 rebounds, Malik Osborne played well for Florida State.
The game should be a showdown of strength against strength as the high-powered offense of Florida State (53rd in the country with an offensive efficiency of 108.6) takes on the stingy defense of Louisville (58th in the country with a defensive efficiency of 94.7). Moreover, the Cardinals rank 46th in offensive rebounding percentage (32.7 percent), while the Seminoles rank 306th in defensive rebounding percentage (69.1 percent).
This will be the second game of the season between these two teams. Nwora scored a game-high 32 points in the first game, in which the Cardinals lost 78-65. Florida State’s 0.647 effective field goal percentage was its biggest strength over Louisville, who had a rate of 0.452.
Louisville Cardinals at Florida State Seminoles Odds Pick
Pick: ATS Winner – Florida State, O/U – Over
Louisville ranks 35th in rebounds per game (39.2) while Florida State ranks 160th (35.3).
The Cardinals’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.4, down from 11.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Seminoles have scored an average of 78.6 points per game (3.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 71.2 points per game (5.8 above their season average).