South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Michigan Wolverines - 11/23/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan Wolverines (4-0) at South Carolina Gamecocks (4-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 5:00 pm (Colonial Life Arena)
The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We’ve got a great-looking college basketball matchup coming from the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia on Wednesday, as the Michigan Wolverines and the South Carolina Gamecocks lock horns.
Michigan comes into this game with a clean 4-0 record so far this year. The Wolverines dispatched Howard in the opener 76-58, then IUPUI 77-65, Marquette 79-61 and SMU on Friday 76-54. In that one, Michigan jumped out to a 44-25 lead at halftime and cruised the rest of the way.
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So far this season, Zak Irvin leads the Wolverines with 14.5 PPG, 5.8 RPG and 4.0 APG, while Derrick Walton Jr. isn’t far back on 14.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG and 4.0 APG. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Mark Donnal are also averaging in double figures for Michigan; Rahman has 11.3 PPG and Donnal has 11.0 PPG with 4.3 RPG.
Over on the South Carolina side, they’re also coming into Wednesday’s matchup with a 4-0 record. The Gamecocks beat Louisiana Tech in the opener 85-76, then took care of Holy Cross 81-49, Monmouth 70-69 and South Carolina State 92-50 back on Friday. In that game, South Carolina had a 50-25 edge at halftime and followed that up with a 42-25 mark in the second.
On the year thus far for the Gamecocks, Sindarius Thornwell leads the team with 20.8 PPG and 6.5 RPG, while PJ Dozier is a distant second on 11.5 PPG and 3.8 APG. Duane Notice and Chris Silva are also averaging in double digits for South Carolina, with Notice holding 10.8 PPG and 4.3 APG and Silva sitting on 10.3 PPG and 6.8 RPG.
Michigan is 5-2 ATS in their last seven Wednesday games, and 5-2 ATS in their last seven non-conference games. Michigan is also 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS win, and 2-5-2 ATS in their last nine versus the Southeastern.
As for South Carolina, they’re 5-1 ATS in their last six versus the Big 10, and 21-7 ATS in their last 28 non-conference games. South Carolina is also 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games, and 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up win.
This game will be the biggest challenge of the young year for both Michigan and South Carolina, who on the whole have both been pretty impressive. The Gamecocks got a bit of a scare from Monmouth, but do get credit for hanging in there and getting the win. I like the Wolverines’ balanced scoring just a little better than the Gamecocks’, and I see a well-balanced effort from Michigan here. I’ll take the Wolverines to cover.