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Florida State Seminoles take on Cavaliers in NCAA basketball test

Florida State SeminolesVirginia Cavaliers
12-4January 18, 2014, 12:00 | John Paul Jones Arena12-5

The Florida State Seminoles will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Cavaliers in Virginia at John Paul Jones Arena on Saturday in college basketball action.

The Seminoles will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 11-3 ATS against the number this season, while the Cavaliers are 7-6 ATS. Florida State is 3-11 on the totals; Virginia is 5-7-1.

View Florida State Seminoles vs Virginia Cavaliers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Florida State before tip-off in this one found them as 6-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Cavaliers rated this week at No. 38 and the Seminoles sitting at No. 41.

Florida State was a 63-53 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Miami. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites. The Seminoles grabbed a 63-53 win over the Hurricanes on Wednesday, behind a 12-point effort from Aaron Thomas at BankUnited Center.

In their last action, Virginia was a 69-65 loser on the road against Duke. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs. The Cavaliers endured a 69-65 loss at the hands of the Blue Devils on Monday, despite a 17-point effort from Malcolm Brogdon at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Virginia's No. 235 nationally ranked offense (65.82 points per game) against a Seminoles defense that sits as the No. 19 at 61.81 PPG. The Cavaliers have been averaging 43.93% from the field, less than the Seminoles have managed so far this season (47.49% on average).

A few Seminoles at Cavaliers trends to consider:
Florida State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Florida State is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Florida State is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Florida State's last 7 games on the road
Virginia is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Virginia is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games
Virginia is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
Virginia is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Florida State

Next up:
Florida State home to Notre Dame, Tuesday, January 21st
Virginia at North Carolina, Monday, January 20th