Tennessee vs. South Carolina - 1/23/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
South Carolina Gamecocks (17-1) at Tennessee Volunteers (9-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Thompson-Boling Arena)
The Line: Tennessee Volunteers +1 -- Over/Under: 157.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SEC Network
The Tennessee Volunteers and the South Carolina Gamecocks face off on Saturday in SEC college basketball action.
The Tennessee Volunteers are 9-9 this season and they have lost three of their last four games. Tennessee is averaging 79.3 points per game and they are shooting 43.4 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 77 points and their opponents are shooting 42.2 percent. Kevin Punter leads the Vols averaging 22.6 points per game. Armani Moore is averaging 12.5 points and 7.9 rebounds, Robert Hubbs III is averaging 12.3 points, and Devon Baulkman is averaging 10.1 points. Tennessee is 8-2 at home this season but just 2-4 overall in SEC games.
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The South Carolina Gamecocks are 17-1 this season and they are coming off of a comeback overtime win at Ole Miss. South Carolina is averaging 78.4 points per game and they are shooting 44.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 67 points and their opponents are shooting 38.6 percent. Sindarius Thornwell leads the Gamecocks averaging 12.1 points per game. Michael Carrera is averaging 12.1 points and 6.6 rebounds, Duane Notice is averaging 11.4 points, and Mindaugas Kacinas is averaging 11.4 points and 5.4 rebounds. South Carolina was patient with Head Coach Frank Martin and it appears to be paying dividends this season.
Tennessee is 7-1 against the spread following a double-digit home loss, 2-5-1 against the spread in their last eight games, and 7-18-3 against the spread in their last 28 home games. South Carolina is 16-5 against the spread in their last 21 games, 4-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven road games. The favorite has covered the point spread in five of the last seven meetings of these two.
I see plenty of scoring for this one so my free pick is going to be the over that has been set at 157.5.