South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Akron Zips Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/28/13
Akron Zips (6-4) at South Carolina Gamecocks (4-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm (Colonial Life Arena)
The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The Akron Zips face the South Carolina Gamecocks for the second straight time when they meet at the Colonial Life Arena.
Akron is supposed to be one of the teams to beat in the MAC but after their disappointing effort in the Diamond Head Classic I think we better wait to make that claim. After outscoring Oregon State in the tournament opener the Zips were crushed by Iowa State and were uncompetitive in the second half of a 69-59 loss to South Carolina.
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The Gamecocks actually did well for themselves with an opening win over a previously unbeaten Saint Mary's club before being drubbed by a decent Boise State and then taking third with their win over Akron after trailing by six heading in to the locker room. The Gamecocks didn't set the world on fire with 41.7% shooting but they did go 17-21 at the foul line.
Duane Notice led four double digit scorers with 15 points and five pulls on 7-12 with Sindarius Thornwell and Brenton Williams netting 12 points apiece with a combined eight yanks while Michael Carrera and Tyrone Johnson tossed in ten points each with five pulls as well.The Zips connected at 38% from the floor and were hurt with 16 giveaways which squandered 15 offensive rebounds. Demetrius Treadwell led the team with 12 points and seven boards followed bya ten point effort from Quincy Diggs.
Akron looked bad a few days ago in this match up and if they duplicate that effort they will get killed. I'm hoping their pride was bruised and they show up this time...