Pennsylvania vs Florida State Picks and Predictions: Quakers Can Cover In Low-Scoring Opener

After not playing at all last season, the Penn Quakers are back in action — as nearly 20-point dogs at Florida State. However, our college basketball picks and predictions explain why this isn't a surefire cover for the ACC powerhouse Seminoles.

Nov 10, 2021 • 12:23 ET • 4 min read
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The Florida State Seminoles mean business this season. Florida State lost a couple of key players from last year but recruited two five-stars that should make an immediate impact.

The 'Noles make their season debut as massive college basketball betting favorites, however, it won’t be easy against the Pennsylvania Quakers, one of the early favorites to win the Ivy League this season behind head coach Steve Donahue.

The Ivy League didn’t get a fair share last season, with the league shutting down for the entire 2020-2021 season due to the pandemic. However, Donahue was able to hold most of his roster steady, losing just three players throughout the entire mess.

Will the Quakers be rusty after missing an entire season last year? Or will they find their way against a dominant Florida State team on the road?

Get our thoughts with our picks and predictions for Pennsylvania vs. Florida State on Wednesday, November 10.

Pennsylvania vs Florida State odds

Odds via the Covers Line, an average comprised of odds from multiple sportsbooks.

The Seminoles opened as 20.5-point favorites but have now drifted down to -19.5. The total has seen more line movement after opening up at 152.5, as you can now find the total sitting at 148.5 at most outlets. Use the live odds widget above to track any future line movements right up until tip-off and be sure to check out the full college basketball odds before placing your bets.

Pennsylvania vs Florida State predictions

Predictions made on 11/10/2021 at 9:21 a.m. ET.
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Pennsylvania vs Florida State game info

Location: Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, FL
Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Tip-off: 9:00 p.m. ET
TV: ACC Network

Pennsylvania at Florida State betting preview


Pennsylvania: None to report.
Florida State: Tanor Ngom C (Questionable).

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Betting trend to know

The Quakers are 9-0 ATS in their last nine games as an underdog. Find more NCAA betting trends for Pennsylvania vs. Florida State.

Pennsylvania vs Florida State picks and predictions

Our predictions are compiled from the analysis of the spread and total and are indications of where we are leaning for this game.
Our best bet is the play that we like the most for this game, which we would actually put some of our bankroll behind.

With last year’s absence, it seems like oddsmakers are forgetting how good the Ivy League really is. With just eight teams in the conference, it’s an extremely competitive league with at least four different teams fighting for a conference title each year.

One of those this year will be Pennsylvania. The Quakers have a ton of talent, bringing back three key pieces — including Michael Wang, who scored 8.5 points per game in 2019 before an injury sidelined him for a year.

Sophomore Jordan Dingle figures to be the leading scorer of this bunch after scoring 13.5 ppg in his previous season with Penn. The Quakers are deep but could be rusty playing in their first game in a couple of seasons.

Meanwhile, Florida State has one of the more interesting rosters in all of college basketball. The starting lineup will have three seniors and two five-star freshmen. That’s if Tanor Ngom is able to play in this game, as he’s been dealing with a concussion and is listed as questionable.

Off the bench, transfers Caleb Mills (Houston) and Cam’Ron Fletcher (Kentucky) figure to have massive roles with this team. Having these guys come off the bench, along with a couple of other seniors, gives this Florida State team a ton of potential.

However, in the first game of the season, giving 19.5 is too much against a potential conference champion. This should be a hard-fought game so we'll take Pennsylvania to lose by less than 20.

Prediction: Pennsylvania +19.5 (-110)

It’s always difficult to score on Florida State. Head coach Leonard Hamilton is all about wingspan and height and he’s done it again with this roster.

The smallest player on the roster is 6-foot-3 and he’s got four players that are at least 6-foot-11 on the roster. It’s so hard to shoot and score over these monsters and, on top of that, rebounding becomes increasingly hard against the Seminoles.

Pennsylvania has some scorers that will find their way but at the end of the day, this game will be low scoring with little offense. You’ve got the Quakers, who haven’t played in a year, going up against a Florida State defense that is always one of the best in the nation.

Meanwhile, Florida State is never a fast offensive team. Over the Seminoles' final five games last season, they did not top 75 points in a game, and averaged 67.4 ppg during that span.

We’ll gladly take the Under here.

Prediction: Under 148.5 (-110)

Florida State’s team total is sitting at 83.5 and as we said above, this isn’t a fast offensive team. The Seminoles like to take things slow and don’t really do anything crazy on the offensive end.

They pride themselves on defense, so you’ll also rarely see this team crash the offensive glass heavily.

Maybe things will change with some new roster pieces but for now, it’s going to be difficult for Florida State to score over 80 points in this game.

Pennsylvania is going to be really good in conference play and if the offense isn’t working, you can be sure that the defense will keep them in the game to start out.

Pick: Florida State team total Under 83.5 (-110)

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