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Auburn Tigers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks SEC Tournament Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/12/14

South Carolina Gamecocks (12-19) at Auburn Tigers (14-15)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Georgia Dome)

The Line: Auburn Tigers -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: MSG, ESPN Full Court

The Auburn Tigers and the South Carolina Gamecocks face off on Wednesday in Atlanta in an opening round game in SEC Tournament.

The Auburn Tigers closed out their season with a win to finish in 12th place in the SEC. Auburn is 6012 in SEC play and 2-9 in games played away from home. Chris Denson leads the Tigers averaging 19.2 points per game. K.T. Harrell is averaging 18.4 points, Tahj Shamsid-Deen is averaging 9.7 points, and Allen Payne is averaging 7.6 points. Auburn is averaging 72 points per game and they are shooting 43.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 71.8 points and their opponents are shooting 43.1 percent. Auburn beat South Carolina in both of their earlier meetings this year.

Auburn Tigers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks SEC Tournament Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/12/14

Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

The South Carolina Gamecocks won two of their last three games to finish in 13th place in the SEC. South Carolina was 5-13 in SEC play and 3-12 in games played away from home. Brenton Williams is averaging 15.2 points per game. Sindarius Thornwell is averaging 13.5 points, Duane Notice is averaging 7.7 points, and Michael Carrera is averaging 6.3 points and 5.7 rebounds. South Carolina is averaging 68.8 points and they are shooting 41.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 70.7 points and their opponents are shooting 43.6 percent. South Carolina was in the basement of the conference standings most of the season.

Auburn is 6-1 against the spread following a win, 4-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 7-18-1 against the spread in their last 26 neutral site games. South Carolina is 5-1-1 against the spread following a win, 6-2 against the spread in their last eight neutral site games, and 7-20-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record. The underdog has covered the point spread in five of the last six meetings of these two.

Neither of the options here are very inspiring but I like the way the Gamecocks finished and they are a mild lean for me at best. 

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South Carolina Gamecocks +2.5

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