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Florida Gators vs. South Carolina Gamecocks Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/8/14

South Carolina Gamecocks (7-6) at Florida Gators (11-2)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Stephen O'Connell Center)

The Line: Florida Gators -16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN Full Court

The Florida Gators and the South Carolina Gamecocks open their SEC schedules as they face off on Wednesday in Gainesville.

The Florida Gators are 11-2 on the season and ranked 10th as they head into SEC play. Florida is 8-0 at home this far and both of their losses have come to teams ranked in the top 25. Casey Prather is the Gators leading scorer averaging 17.3 points and 5.7 rebounds. Michael Frazier II is averaging 11.9 points, Scottie Wilbekin is averaging 11.8 points, and Patric Young is averaging 10.8 points and 5.9 rebounds. Florida is averaging 71.7 points and they are shooting 46 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 58.8 points and their opponents are shooting 39.7 percent. UF is getting it done on the defensive end of the court.

Florida Gators vs. South Carolina Gamecocks Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/8/14

The South Carolina Gamecocks have own their last four games and are playing their best basketball of the season. SC is 0-3 on the road this season, 0-2 against teams ranked in the top 25, and 1-3 against teams with a RPI better than 50. Tyrone Johnson is averaging 11.7 points to lead the Gamecocks in scoring. Brenton Williams is averaging 11.2 points, Sindarius Thornwell is averaging 10.8 points, and Michael Carrera is averaging 7.2 points. South Carolina is averaging 71.4 points and they are shooting 43.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.2 points and their opponents are shooting 41.3 percent. Something started to click for the Gamecocks against Akron and they have been riding it ever since.

Florida is 3-9-1 against the spread following a win, 3-1-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, and 6-13-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. South Carolina is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, 2-7 against the spread in their last nine road games, 0-6 against the spread against the SEC. The road team is 15-5-1 against the spread in the last 21 meetings of these two.

This is a big number but Florida is just much the better here and I look for them to cover at home. 

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Florida Gators -16

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