South Carolina vs. Florida - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Gators (7-6) at South Carolina Gamecocks (9-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Colonial Life Arena)
The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SEC Network
The Florida Gators and South Carolina Gamecocks play Wednesday night at the Colonial Life Arena.
The Florida Gators have split their last 10 games and will play their third true road game. On the season, Florida is averaging 66.9 points on 44.3 percent shooting and is allowing 56.8 points on 38.9 percent shooting. Michael Frazier II is averaging 14.1 points and 4.9 rebounds while Dorian Finney-Smith is averaging 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds. Jon Horford is grabbing 5.7 rebounds and Kasey Hill is dishing 4.4 assists. The Florida Gators struggles offensively is the reason for their slump, as they’ve scored 65 or less points in eight of their last 11 games. Florida is shooting 64.3 percent from the free throw line and 33.7 percent from deep. Defensively, Florida is forcing 15.1 turnovers and holding teams to 31.6 percent shooting from downtown.
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The South Carolina Gamecocks have won seven straight games and would love their first conference victory. On the season, South Carolina is averaging 73.2 points on 45.5 percent shooting and is allowing 58.6 points on 34 percent shooting. Duane Notice is averaging 13.3 points and 2.9 assists while Sindarius Thornwell is averaging 11.5 points and 5.9 rebounds. Laimonas Chatkevicius is the third player averaging double-digit points and Tyrone Johnson is dishing 3.9 assists. The South Carolina Gamecocks are a solid offensive team that has six players averaging at least 6.9 points while they’re shooting 72.2 percent from the line and 30.3 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, South Carolina is forcing 15.4 turnovers and has allowed 60 or less points in six straight games.
The Gators are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Southeastern and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Gamecocks are 19-39-2 ATS in their last 60 games following a ATS win and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Gators are 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in South Carolina and the road team is 19-6-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings.
While the Florida Gators are clearly stinking up the joint, they still have one of the best coaches in the country and remain one of the better defensive teams. I like the value of the free bucket here simply because it's only a matter of time before the Gators turn things around. No better time than now.