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South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Marshall Thundering Herd Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/30/13

Marshall Thundering Herd (5-7) at South Carolina Gamecocks (5-6)

College Basketball: Monday, December 30, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Colonial Life Arena)

The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN Full Court

The South Carolina Gamecocks and the Marshall Thundering Herd face off on Monday in Columbia in college basketball action.

The South Carolina Gamecocks have won three of their last four games and they are just a game under .500. South Carolina is 3-2 at home this season and they have made it tough on themselves playing the 10th ranked schedule in the nation. Sindarius Thornwell is averaging 11.7 points per game to lead the Gamecocks. Tyrone Johnson is averaging 10.6 points, Brenton Williams is averaging 9.8 points, and Midaugas Kacinas is averaging 6.5 points and 5.6 rebounds. South Carolina is averaging 68.5 points and they are shooting 42 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.9 points and their opponents are shooting 41.2 percent. South Carolina is playing their best basketball of the season.

South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Marshall Thundering Herd Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/30/13

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Marshall has lost five of their last six games as the injuries are mounting to their top players. Marshall has played the 94th ranked schedule and they are 0-4 away from home this season. Kareem Canty is averaging 17.8 points and 7.3 assists to lead the Thundering Herd. Ryan Taylor is averaging 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds, Chris Thomas is averaging 12.2 points, and TyQuane Goard is averaging 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds. Marshall is averaging 85.8 points and they are shooting 47.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 77.6 points and their opponents are shooting 42.9 percent. Marshall looks like they are going to have a tough go of it in Conference USA this season.

South Carolina is 7-15 against the spread in their last 22 games, 1-5 against the spread against Conference USA, and 2-6 against the spread following a win. Marshall is 10-25-1 against the spread in their last 36 games, 6-20-1 against the spread in their last 27 non-conference games, and 4-15 against the spread in their last 19 road games.

Marshall is up against it with their top scorer out and while that is already figured into the line South Carolina seems to have found something and I like them to cover here. 

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South Carolina Gamecocks -9

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