February 18, 2012 – By Scott
When the 21st ranked Florida State Seminoles go on the road to face ACC foe North Carolina State on Saturday afternoon in college basketball, both will enter the contest coming off dramatic games in their last outings.
Both played on Thursday night but the outcome was not the same for either team.
North Carolina State (18-8, 7-4 ACC) made a trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on No. 4 Duke. The Blue Devils had fallen at home this season so the upset possibility was there for the taking for the Wolfpack.
It appeared it might happen as the Wolfpack led by 20 with 11 1/2 minutes left to play but for the second time in nine days, Duke rallied to get a 78-73 come-from-behind win.
For the Noles (18-7, 9-2 ACC), they hosted Virginia Tech on Thursday night. They entered the game tied for first in the ACC and were off to their best start in conference play. However, they got a huge scare and needed Michael Snaer’s 3-pointer with just 2.6 seconds left to play to steal a 48-47 home win.
It will be interesting to see which teams show up on Saturday afternoon when these two take the court. The Wolfpack are just two games behind leaders FSU, North Carolina and Duke in conference play. They had won three in a row before the stunning loss on Thursday night.
For Florida State, they are arguably one of the hottest teams in the country right now. Since their embarrassing conference opening loss to Clemson, they have won 9 of their last 10, including wins over the Tar Heels and Blue Devils.
The Seminoles will nee a lot more firepower on the offensive end of the court to be successful against the Wolfpack. The Noles are getting just 69.8 points per game which is 140th in college basketball and managed just 48 on Thursday nigh against Virginia Tech who is just 3-8 in conference play.
The Wolfpack do a great job offensively and are getting 74.3 points per game. But, Florida State is allowing just 60.7 points per game and are known for their stout defense.
NCAA College Basketball Betting Lines have labeled North Carolina State as 2-point favorites over visiting No. 21 Florida State.