South Carolina at Tennessee 1/11/17 - CBB Picks & Predictions
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South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Tennessee Volunteers
NCAAB: 6:30 PM EST
Jan. 11, 2017
Latest Odds : SCAR -1 Total 140.5
South Carolina narrowly missed an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament last season. The Gamecocks even received a message from the NCAA intended for teams that were in the field. They settled for an NIT appearance and a school-record 25 wins and are on a mission to return to March Madness as they travel to face SEC rival Tennessee.
The Gamecocks are one of the best defensive teams in the country under coach Frank Martin. They allow 60 ppg (10th) and are third in defensive efficiency. The offense is back on track now that leading scorer Sindarius Thornwell (18.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg) has returned from a suspension. South Carolina won its first two SEC games, knocking off Georgia on the road and Texas A&M at home. P.J. Dozier is a brilliant point guard, who took on a larger role during Thornwell's absence. He contributes 15.4 ppg and 4.9 rpg. South Carolina scores 72.1 ppg and is 127th in offensive efficiency.
Tennessee has shown flashes of improvement in coach Rick Barnes second season in Knoxville. But their youth and lack of depth has been exposed in consecutive losses to Arkansas and Florida to drop to 1-2 in SEC action.
Robert Hubbs III is a talented scorer, proving 14.7 ppg. Derrick Mostella adds 10.5 ppg as does Grant Williams, who also collects 5.5 rebounds and shoots 56 percent. UT scores 78.1 ppg (84th in nation) and is 65th in offensive efficiency. The Vols allow 73.9 ppg (231st) and are 74th in defensive efficiency.
Recent Betting Trends:
Gamecocks are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
Volunteers are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 Wednesday games.
Under is 37-14-1 in Gamecocks last 52 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Over is 4-1 in Volunteers last 5 Wednesday games.
Free Betting Pick: South Carolina Gamecocks -1
The middle of the SEC feature ton of even teams including both of tonights teams. South Carolina does have the more experience and since Thornwell returned from suspension Gamecocks have not lost. Vols do have big home court edge but even that can't get win this close game for Tennessee. Final Score Prediction, South Carolina Gamecocks win and cover ATS 75-71.