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Notre Dame vs Florida State Game Preview, Odds, Picks & Predictions

Fighting Irish Still in Hunt for ACC Title

Notre Dame Trying to Improve Seeding

Notre Dame is in the NCAA Tournament, but the Irish don’t have a very high seed. If the Fighting Irish want to boost their position, they can’t lose a game like Wednesday’s road match against an undermanned Florida State squad.

Losing to Florida State would drop Notre Dame at least one seed if not more. The March Madness odds are upon us, so there’s no time for slip-ups.

Notre Dame vs Florida State Game Preview, Odds, Picks & Predictions
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Notre Dame: Steadiness, Consistency

Notre Dame has generally been good at avoiding bad losses, but a blowout loss to Boston College is a dent on the profile, as is a loss to Texas A&M.

Where Notre Dame has succeeded is winning ACC road games it should win: at North Carolina State, at Clemson, at Louisville and at Georgia Tech. They have also managed a quality ACC win at Miami.

This team doesn’t have tremendous, top-end talent, but it is also a team that does not get rattled. The Irish need to avoid being nervous against Florida State.

The Fighting Irish can’t fear losing. They need to trust their identity and maintain the steady level of play they have put forth this season.

The best attribute of Notre Dame is that while its ceiling of total potential might not be very high, the team’s floor is very high. The Irish regularly play at a solid and competent level, with only a few rare exceptions.

The Irish do not play a lot of bad games. Avoiding one here should be enough to win.

Florida State Crushed by Injuries

Florida State has been a disappointment, but not because of bad coaching or unacceptably insufficient effort.

The Seminoles have been pounded by injuries: Malik Osborne, Anthony Polite, Raheem McLeod, RayQuan Evans and Caleb Mills are all core rotation players for head coach Leonard Hamilton.

They have all been injured , with Osborne being knocked out for the season in January. The team has not recovered. Missing three starters, as Florida State has, for much of the ACC season is just too much to handle.

To FSU’s credit, it has continued to compete and fight well. The Seminoles just beat Virginia on the road.

They were lucky – Matthew Cleveland hit an improbable 35-foot heave at the buzzer to win the game by one point – but they at least stayed close enough that a magical moment was able to lift them over the top.

Fight, defend, rebound, and maybe FSU has yet another upset in the quiver before the end of its regular season.

Notre Dame vs Florida State Head-to-Head

The two teams have not previously met this season. One interesting historical footnote, however, is that this game offers a measure of role reversal.

One year ago, Notre Dame upset Florida State at home to deny the Seminoles the regular-season ACC championship. Now, Notre Dame is trying to avoid an upset loss to Florida State while trying to win a share of the ACC title.

Notre Dame is 1½ games behind Duke for the ACC lead heading into this final week of the season. This time, FSU is trying to play spoiler.

Notre Dame vs Florida State Game Information

  • Game: Notre Dame Fighting Irish (21-8) at Florida State Seminoles (15-13)
  • Location: Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, FL
  • Day/Time: Wednesday, 7 p.m. ET
  • Television: ESPN2

Notre Dame vs Florida State Betting Lines

Notre Dame vs Florida State Prediction

Those who bet online have seen the Fighting Irish set a consistent standard. Meanwhile, Florida State did pull off an upset of Virginia on Saturday, so it’s asking a lot to think the Seminoles can win two straight shockers.

Notre Dame should win with a moderate working margin. Take them in the sportsbook for your college basketball picks.

Parlay: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -2½ and Over 139

Pick: Over 139

Pick: Notre Dame -2½

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