Pittsburgh head coach Jeff Capel, right, has a towel honoring former Georgetown head coach John Thompson on his shoulder during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina State, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
- Florida State is a 6.5-point road favorite against Pittsburgh on Saturday in an ACC game at the Petersen Events Center
- The Seminoles have won seven of their last eight games and the Panthers have lost six of their last seven
- The odds, lines and spread for Florida State-Pitt and a prediction can be found below
Forced to switch gears because of a postponement related to COVID-19, Florida State will now visit Pittsburgh at 4 p.m. ET Saturday in an ACC game at the Petersen Events Center.
#16 Florida State was originally supposed to host Virginia Tech on Saturday in Tallahassee, but that game was called off because of coronavirus issues with the Hokies.
Florida State (12-3 overall, 8-2 ACC) has won back-to-back games and seven of its last eight. Skidding Pitt (9-8, 5-7 ACC) is on a three-game losing streak, has lost six of its last seven and is a 6.5-point underdog at home.
#16 Florida State vs Pittsburgh Odds
|Florida State||OFF||-6.5 (-106)||Over 147 (-110)|
|Pittsburgh||OFF||+6.5 (-116)||Under 147 (-110)|
Odds taken Feb. 19 from FanDuel.
FSU’s Lucky Number is 3
Florida State posted perhaps its most impressive win of the season Monday when it handled #7 Virginia an 81-60 loss at home as a 2-point favorite.
Senior guard M.J. Walker led the way with 17 points. Junior forward RaiQuan Gray added 15 points on five 3-point field goals.
What did @Mjwalker_23 have to say after the Noles 21 point win over #7 UVA? @LayneHerdt has it for you 🔽
📲: https://t.co/4oTKxmSu1A pic.twitter.com/4heV7baXie
— Florida State Men’s Basketball (@FSUHoops) February 16, 2021
Eight different players connected for 3s as Florida State went 13 for 24 from beyond the arc for 54.2%. The Seminoles were 6 of 10 (60.0%) in the first half when they built a commanding 45-25 lead.
The only other team to have at least eight players make a 3-point field goal against a team in the Associated Press Top-10 in the last 25 years was Auburn in the 2019 NCAA regional semifinals against North Carolina.
Florida State shot 50.0% overall (29 of 58), committed just five turnovers and held a 37-20 advantage in bench scoring with four reserves finishing with at least 6 points. Sophomore center Balsa Koprivica scored 9 points after sitting out the previous game, a win over Wake Forest, with an ankle injury.
Walker has been a threat from deep all season, shooting 47.8% on 3-pointers while averaging a team-high 13.9 points a game. He is also an 85.7% foul shooter.
Gray has averages of 11.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals. He has reached double-figure scoring in seven straight games, averaging 16.4 points.
RaiQuan Gray is our Player of the Week after a HUGE performance Saturday!
He led @FSUHoops to an OT win with 24 pts and 12 reb — both career highs 🔥@Tgray4 | #ACCMBB pic.twitter.com/6sBYL62ZZv
— ACC Men’s Basketball (@accmbb) February 15, 2021
Freshman guard Scottie Barnes is averaging 10.2 points, 4.3 assists and 1.4 steals but has scored in single digits in four of his last five games.
Florida State is eighth nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency, scoring 117.9 points per 100 possessions according to KenPom.com
2021 NCAA Men’s Tournament Championship Odds Tracker
Losing Continues for Pitt
Pitt’s losing continued Wednesday as it lost 74-73 to North Carolina State at home as 4-point favorites. The Panthers had two field goal attempts in the final seconds that would have won the game but failed to convert.
Sophomore forward Justin Champagnie, who is one of the more underrated players in college basketball, had his 10th double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Champagnie is averaging 18.7 points and 11.5 rebounds and has had just 20 turnovers in 518 minutes.
Brooklyn tough! @JusChampagnie 😤
💻 https://t.co/nVwrbiWe2q#H2P | #ZooEra pic.twitter.com/7rxiaY71SQ
— Pitt Basketball (@Pitt_MBB) February 14, 2021
He has also scored in double figures in every game.
Junior wing Au’Diese Toney added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. He scored 14 points in the first half on 5-of-5 shooting.
Junior guard Xavier Johnson added 14 points for the Panthers, who shot 50.0% (28 of 56) but allowed North Carolina State to shoot 56.9% (29 of 51).
Toney is averaging 14.4 points and 5.9 rebounds.
🔥 @JusChampagnie ➡️ @thefuturetoney for the dunk!
💻 https://t.co/jmbOAeu4Yb#H2P | #ZooEra pic.twitter.com/JuES4IKZfh
— Pitt Basketball (@Pitt_MBB) February 17, 2021
Johnson has averages of 14.1 points and 5.9 assists while accounting for 29.1% of Pitt’s possessions when he is on the floor.
This is the only scheduled meeting of the season between the teams after each won on its home floor last season – Pitt winning 63-61 as a 4-point underdog on opening night and Florida State notching an 82-67 victory as an 11-point favorite.
Florida State shot just 31.4% (16 of 51) in its loss but 50.0% (32 of 64) in the win. Toney had 15 points and 7 rebounds for Pitt in a losing effort.
Even though Florida State is just 1-2 on the road and has had to adjust on the fly this week, that should not stop the Seminoles from rolling against floundering Pitt.
Pick: Florida State -6.5 (-106)
John Perrotto has been covering and writing about sports for various outlets for over 40 years. His work has appeared in the likes of USA TODAY, ESPN.com, SI.com, Forbes.com, The Associated Press, Baseball Digest, and more. John is based out of Beaver Falls, PA.