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South Carolina Gamecocks vs. LSU Tigers Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/11/14

LSU Tigers (9-4) at South Carolina Gamecocks (7-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm (Colonial Life Arena)

The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN Full Court

The South Carolina Gamecocks and the LSU Tigers face off on Saturday in Columbia in SEC college basketball action.

The South Carolina Gamecocks dropped their SEC opener at Florida but prior to that they had been playing their best basketball of the season. SC is 5-2 at home this season and they have played the 18th ranked schedule in the nation. Tyrone Johnson leads the Gamecocks averaging 11.7 points per game. Brenton Williams is averaging 11.1 points, Sindarius Thornwell is averaging 10.7 points, and Duane Notice and Michael Carrera are averaging 6.8 points each. South Carolina is averaging 70.4 points and they are shooting 43.4 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 68.6 points and their opponents are shooting 42.3 percent. South Carolina has won five of their last seven games.

South Carolina Gamecocks vs. LSU Tigers Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/11/14

The LSU Tigers dropped their SEC college basketball opener getting stomped at home by 18 points by Tennessee. LSU has lost their last two games, both at home, and they are 3-2 away from home this season. Johnny O’ Bryant III leads the Tigers averaging 14.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Jordan Mickey is averaging 14.1 points and 7.5 rebounds, Andre Stringer is averaging 11.5 points, and Anthony Hickey is averaging 9.1 points. LSU is averaging 75.8 points and they are shooting 45.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.3 points and their opponents are shooting 38.1 percent. LSU travels to Ole Miss on Wednesday.

South Carolina is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games, 1-6 against the spread against the SEC, and 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games. LSU is 6-2 against the spread following a loss, 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games, and 1-4 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread. The underdog has covered eh point spread in nine of the last 11 meetings of these two.

These are two tough teams to figure out and I give the edge to LSU in a game I won’t be touching. 

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LSU Tigers -1.5

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