College Basketball Preview: No. 1 Duke at Florida State

Duke Blue Devils logoHead coach Mike Krzyzewski and his top-ranked Duke Blue Devils visit the Florida State Seminoles in an ACC matchup on Wednesday night (9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN).

The defending national champion Blue Devils are 15-0 (7-6 ATS) this season and have rarely been tested. They’re not likely to get much of a test on Wednesday unless Florida State (11-5 SU, 4-6-1 ATS) finds a way to step up its level of play. The Seminoles are coming off back-to-back road losses at Auburn and Virginia Tech.

Duke is listed as an 8.5-point road favorite at On the moneyline, the Blue Devils are -340 and the Seminoles are +280.

Florida State enters Wednesday’s game having won 11 of 16 games this season but the Seminoles are going to have to shoot the ball a lot better than they have recently to keep this game close. The ‘Noles have shot 35 percent from the floor in their past two games and they are just 12 of 50 from 3-point range.

The Seminoles have one win this season against a team ranked in the Top 20 as they beat Baylor who was ranked No. 15. Florida State has beaten three No. 1 ranked teams in school history.

Duke has won 25-straight games going back to last season. The Blue Devils have been winning thanks in large part to their offense, which is the fourth-highest scoring offense in the nation, averaging almost 88 points per game.

While Duke’s success in the win column might make the Cameron Crazies happy, the picture hasn’t been quite as rosy for backers. Duke is just 8-6 ATS so far this season. And the Blue Devils will have a big number to cover in what will only be their third true road game. They went 2-0 ATS in the first two.

Here are some more noteworthy college basketball betting stats for Wednesday night’s game:

The Blue Devils are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six road games. The Blue Devils are 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight Wednesday games. It should be added, however, that Duke is 0-5 ATS in their last five games vs. ACC teams and they are just 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings at Florida State.

The Seminoles are 2-5 ATS in their last seven Wednesday games. The Seminoles are 4-16-1 ATS in their last 21 home games. The Seminoles are 0-5-1 ATS in their last six vs. the ACC. In this series, the Underdog is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.

The over is 4-1 in the Blue Devils’ last five road games. The under is 32-12 in Blue Devils’ last 44 vs. the ACC. The under is 6-2 in the Seminoles’ last eight home games. In this series, the under is 7-0 in the last seven meetings at Florida State.

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