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Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Florida State Seminoles Pick & Prediction JAN 29TH 2022

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MONEYLINE
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85
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72

As Florida State prepares to host Virginia Tech on Saturday afternoon in Tallahassee, Fla., both teams would like to put the sour feeling from their most recent losses in the rear-view mirror.

The Seminoles (13-6, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) relinquished their share of the top spot in the ACC following a disappointing performance in a 75-61 loss to Georgia Tech on Wednesday. The Yellow Jackets entered the game in last place in the conference and yet managed to snap Florida State's six-game winning streak with a season-high 13 steals.

Meanwhile, the Hokies (10-10, 2-7) suffered another narrow defeat in gut-wrenching fashion against Miami, 78-75, on Wednesday. Miami guard Charlie Moore's half-court shot at the buzzer sent Virginia Tech to its third consecutive loss and its fourth conference defeat by five points or fewer.

Justyn Mutts scored to give the Hokies a 75-70 lead with 2:24 left in the second half. But Virginia Tech failed to score the rest of the way, missing its final three shots as Miami closed the game on an 8-0 run.

"We've got a really good basketball team. We have deserved better outcomes. But that's the game, man. Doesn't owe you a damn thing. You've got to suck it up and play better,'" Virginia Tech coach Mike Young said after the loss.

Against Georgia Tech, Florida State committed 10 of its 12 first-half turnovers over the final 8:34 of the first half, which allowed the Yellow Jackets to go on an 18-2 run and take a 14-point lead just before halftime.

Anthony Polite had 11 points and Naheem McLeod had 10 points and seven rebounds. But the Seminoles equaled a season-high with 17 turnovers, which allowed Georgia Tech to finish with four players in double figures.

Florida State, which was coming off victories against conference-leading Miami and Duke -- the ACC's lone ranked team -- took a loss that Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton realized could be damaging to their NCAA Tournament resume.

"So that means we've got to figure out a way to make up for this with hopefully getting another run of games being successful," Hamilton said.

Caleb Mills leads Florida State in scoring this season with 13.4 points per game. Keve Aluma powers the Hokies, averaging 15.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Virginia Tech Hokies
64
66
Florida State Seminoles

Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Florida State Seminoles Recap JAN 29TH 2022

Hunter Cattoor scored 27 points, which came off nine made three-pointers, and led Virginia Tech to an 85-72 victory over host Florida State on Saturday afternoon in Tallahassee, Fla.

Cattoor led an impressive three-point shooting barrage by the Hokies (11-10, 3-7 ACC), who buried 18 of the 25 three-point attempts they took in order to snap a three-game losing streak. Virginia Tech shot a staggering 61.5 percent (32 for 52) from the field overall.

The Seminoles (13-7, 6-4) dropped their second consecutive game to a last-place team in the conference.

Florida State played short-handed, however, as it started three freshmen -- Matthew Cleveland, Jalen Warley and John Butler -- for the first time in coach Leonard Hamilton's 20-year tenure as the Seminoles' coach.

Florida State played without starters Malik Osborne, who was shut down for the remainder of the season and is set to undergo ankle surgery, and RayQuan Evans (bronchitis). Caleb Mills, who was also dealing with bronchitis, played only three minutes in the first half and did not score.

Cleveland had the best game among the group as he totaled 10 points, five rebounds and three assists.

The Seminoles also did a solid job defensively against Keve Aluma, Virginia Tech's leading scorer, who finished with only four points and picked up his fourth foul with 11:25 left in the game.

But one of Virginia Tech's own freshmen, Sean Pedulla, stepped up and scored 20 points for the Hokies. Justyn Mutts also had 10 points and five rebounds.

The Hokies put together an 11-0 run late in the first half and led 39-31 at the break. The Seminoles opened the second half on an 11-3 run to tie the game at 42.

But leading 62-60 with 7:25 left in the second half, Cattoor hit four 3-pointers during a 14-0 run to help the Hokies pull away.

Anthony Polite led Florida State with 17 points, six rebounds and three assists while Naheem McLeod went a perfect 7-for-7 from the field to finish with 15 points.

--Field Level Media

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