South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Syracuse Orange - 11/26/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Syracuse Orange (4-0) at South Carolina Gamecocks (5-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks +6 - Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
A pair of undefeated teams do battle in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational as the South Carolina Gamecocks take on the 16th-ranked Syracuse Orange on Saturday afternoon.
The South Carolina Gamecocks look to build on an impressive 5-game win streak to start the season. Their most recent victory being a 61-46 win over Michigan. Sindarius Thornwell led South Carolina with his first double-double of the season, putting up 21 points on 8 of 12 from the floor with a pair of 3s and 3 of 5 from the foul line to go along with 10 rebounds. Duane Notice came second with 13 points on 5 of 12 with a three and 2 of 4 from the line, while Chris Silva and Maik Kotsar each scored 10 points as the last two Gamecocks to reach double figures on the night. The double-double surely helped Thornwell pad his team-lead with 20.8 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game, while Notice leads South Carolina with 3.4 assists per game. As a team, South Carolina is scoring 77.8 points per game on 47.1% from the field, 38.5% from beyond the arc and 72.6% from the foul line.
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The 16th-ranked Syracuse Orange look to stay hot and remain in the top-25 with a win here. The Orange improved to 4-0 with a 101-59 blowout of South Carolina State. A total of 6 Syracuse players put up double figures in the win, with team-leading scorer Andrew White III leading the charge once again, with 15 points on 5 of 11 with 3 threes and a pair of free throws. Tyler Roberson, Frank Howard and Tyler Lydon each logged double-doubles in the win, as Roberson pulled down 11 rebounds to go with 13 points while Howard dished out 11 helpers to go along with his 10 points while Lydon pulled down 10 rebounds of his own in addition to his 14 points on the night. The aforementioned White III leads ‘Cuse with 17.3 points per game, while Lydon leads the team with 7.3 rebounds per game and Howard is the team leader in assists with 7.3 per game. As a team, Syracuse is putting up 86.2 points on 52.4% from the field, the 14th-best mark in the nation, while also putting up the 11th-best 3-point percentage at 44.6%. The Orange’s Achilles heel comes at the charity stripe, where Syracuse is making just 64.8% of their free throws this season.
South Carolina is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 22-7 ATS in their last 29 non-conference games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 vs. the ACC. Syracuse is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. the SEC and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the over is 13-4-1 in their last 18 neutral site games.
Syracuse is 4-0 this season, but they haven’t necessarily had the toughest schedule in the world. South Carolina on the other hand is battle tested and passed their first test by easily handling Michigan. While Syracuse has the more balanced lineup, there’s a good chance that South Carolina could end up giving Syracuse a run for their money.
I’ll side with the Gamecocks here.