South Carolina at Tennessee 2/13/18 - CBB Picks & Predictions
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S. Carolina Gamecocks vs. Tennessee Vols
NCAAB: 9:00 PM EST
Feb. 13, 2018
Latest Odds : TENN -12.5 Total 136
Doesn't look like South Carolina will produce any March magic this season, and if the Gamecocks happen to catch fire it will take place in the NIT, not the NCAA tournament. The Cocks have lost five games in a row, getting smashed by Florida 65-41 at home over the weekend. Tennessee is happy to return home and play host to South Carolina after the Vols fell flat on their face in Tuscaloosa, losing by 28 points to Alabama in a performance so awful it stunned coach Rick Barnes. Tennessee is 5-1 vs. the SEC at home while the Cocks are 2-4 on the road in conference.
South Carolina's offense is abysmal, ranking 166th in the nation and 14th in the SEC (0.97 points per possession vs. conference). South Carolina scores 69 ppg and relies on its defense which has been good on the season - allowing 67.6 ppg and ranking top 50 nationally in efficiency - but subpar in the SEC, ranking 11th, allowing 1.06 points per possession. Chris Silva leads South Carolina with 14.3 points and Frank Booker adds 11.3 ppg.
Tennessee is 2nd in the SEC in offensive efficiency and eighth on defense. The Vols have put up 75.9 points and surrendered 67.2 ppg on the season. The offense is balanced and deep, receiving 15.9 points and 6.3 rebounds from Grant Williams and 12 points and six boards from Admiral Schofield. The Vols have 37 percent of 3s and 77 percent of free throws vs. the SEC.
Recent Betting Trends:
Gamecocks are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Volunteers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Under is 36-17-1 in Gamecocks last 54 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Under is 5-1 in Volunteers last 6 games following a straight up loss.
Free Betting Pick: South Carolina Gamecocks +12.5
This Gamecocks team has to slow this game down and keep it close with their great defense - think that is enough to keep it in single digits tonight. Tennessee is the best team in SEC and gets another impressive win but can't cover this double digit number. Final Score Prediction, Tennessee Volunteers win but fall short ATS 70-61.