South Carolina vs. UMass - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UMass Minutemen (3-4) at South Carolina Gamecocks (5-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm (Colonial Life Arena)
The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Massachusetts Minutemen and South Carolina Gamecocks meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Colonial Life Arena.
The Massachusetts Minutemen need a win here to snap a three-game losing streak to get back to a .500 record. The Massachusetts Minutemen are averaging 72.9 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 70.9 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Luwane Pipkins is averaging 17.3 points and 3.9 assists while Rashaan Holloway is averaging 10.7 points and 5.4 rebounds. C.J. Anderson is dishing 4.4 assists and Malik Hines is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Massachusetts Minutemen are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Massachusetts Minutemen are allowing 32.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.4 rebounds per game. The Massachusetts Minutemen have lost five straight road games.
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The South Carolina Gamecocks look for a bounce back victory to build on their 5-2 record. The South Carolina Gamecocks are averaging 75.5 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 60.7 points on 39.5 percent shooting. Chris Silva is averaging 14 points and eight rebounds while Frank Booker is averaging 11 points and 1.5 assists. Maik Kotsar is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Minaya is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The South Carolina Gamecocks are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 66.2 percent from the free throw line. The South Carolina Gamecocks are allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game. The South Carolina Gamecocks have won nine of their last 11 home games.
The Minutemen are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Southeastern, 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Gamecocks are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games, 34-15-2 ATS in their last 51 non-conference games and 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Gamecocks last 7 overall and the under is 8-2 in Minutemen last 10 overall.
UMass has gotten beat up on the road already this season by teams far less talented than South Carolina. The Gamecocks defense is still playing at an elite level and the offense has picked up, topping 70 points in five of their last six games. UMass is going to have its hands full with the physical style of the Gamecocks. I like South Carolina to win this game by double digits.