The Florida State Seminoles removed themselves as a contender for
the ACC regular season championship with a loss at Boston College on
Tuesday night. They will try to redeem themselves on Saturday
against a red hot Clemson Tigerís team. Ranked #25 in the nation,
the Seminoles have worked hard to regain national attention and
garner an NCAA Tournament bid. They will need to keep things
together down the stretch to keep what has been a great season thus
You would be hard pressed to kind a team that does a better job
pressing than the Clemson Tigers. These guys started the season
16-0, and this program has been exponentially better since coach
Oliver Purnell took over. Their record stands at 22-5 overall and
8-5 in the ACC. They are tied with Florida State, and which ever
team wins this game could be in line for a coveted first round bye
in the ACC Tournament.
Clemson is an excellent play based on their ATS record of 9-3 on the
road. The Tigers own wins at Boston College, USC, Miami, Illinois,
Virginia Tech, and Georgia Tech. They are truly road warriors. The
best win at home for Clemson was a 74-47 annihilation of the Duke
Blue Devils, who are currently ranked 7th in the nation. They also
stomped a Maryland team that would return to beat #3 North Carolina.
Key players for the Tigers are K.C. Rivers, Terrence Oglesby, and
Trevor Booker. Oglesby is averaging 13.6 PPG and is hitting three
pointers at 40% clip. He is truly deadly from three point land when
he gets hot. If that happens, it could be over for Florida State.
Booker is the leading scorer at 15.4 PPG and he also gets 9.4 RPG.
Clemson is obviously counting on him for a big game. Rivers is a
senior and is getting 14.4 PPG and 6.3 RPG. He is a very imposing
player although he stands at just 6-6. These three are one of the
best trios in all of college basketball.
Florida State isnít without a few good men of their own. Toney
Douglas is a one man show, putting up 20.5 PPG, 2.9 APG, and 4.1
RPG. He has been hot lately, and one of his best games of the year
came three back against a very hot Miami Hurricanes team. He put up
24 points in that game. Uche Echefu will go a long way to help
Douglas and the Seminoles. He is good for 8.8 PPG and 5.1 RPG. There
are a plethora of players who also add to the Seminole effort, but
if Douglas has an off night things canít go well for this team.
The Seminoles lack a marquee win, and beating Clemson would give
them just that. The best wins for Florida State include victories
over Maryland, Miami, Florida, and Cincinnati. If they canít take
down the Tigers, Duke will be their last chance at a top tier
victory. They have won the games they were supposed to, so that
alone will get them into the tournament.
Clemson is exiting an unexpected loss against Virginia Tech, but I
think they should recover nicely. They play great on the road, and
Florida State hasnít proven that they can beat marquee teams. I
think the Tigers will win by 10 points, but should only be about a 1
point favorite. The Clemson Tigers are an excellent bet to beat the
Florida State Seminoles.
MARCH MADNESS WITH BET JAMAICA!