Florida State Seminoles basketball’s (10-2, 6-1) current winning streak has come largely at home, with four of five games having been played in the cozy confines of the Tuck. Now it’s time for a road trip. The next four come on the road, and it starts Saturday with Georgia Tech (7-5, 3-3).
The Seminoles beat the Yellow Jackets earlier this season. Following that game, GT reeled off five straight wins, including wins over the North Carolina Tar Heels and Clemson Tigers. Since then, Josh Pastner’s squad has dropped two straight - by a bucket at the Virginia Cavaliers, and by seven vs. the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor.
The Jackets have a solid starting lineup, but little behind them. Senior point guard Jose Alvarado (6-0, 179) leads the team with 18.1 ppg. In ACC play he’s 2nd in eFG%, and he’s shooting 44% from deep.
Breakout senior Moses Wright (6-9, 233) is scoring 16.6 ppg to go along with 7.1 rebounds. They like to get him the ball in the high post and let him work, surrounding him with shooters.
Junior Michael Devoe (6-5, 197) gives them good size on the wing, and he scores 13.1 per game, hitting 40% of his 3s. He pairs well with Jordan Usher (6-7, 213), a senior scoring 11.3 per game and making 38% of his 3s.
In ACC play, the Yellow Jackets (42.9%) are a tick above FSU (42.7%) in 3-pt%, leading the league. Their overall offense is 5th, although it’s limited by being last in O-REB% and 14th in free throw rate.
Defensively, they’ll mix man and zone, and they force more turnovers than any other ACC team. However, if that pressure doesn’t work, the result is open looks.
The game tips at 4 PM and will be broadcast on everyone’s favorite ACC Network. FSU is a 4-point favorite, and the over/under is 142 points.