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South Carolina vs. Wyoming - 12/6/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wyoming Cowboys (6-2) at South Carolina Gamecocks (6-2)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Colonial Life Arena)

The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks -9 -- Over/Under: 143 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN - SEC Network

The Wyoming Cowboys will travel to Colonial Life Arena to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Wyoming Cowboys improved to 6-2 on the season after defeating the Drake Bulldogs, 96-89 in 2OT, this past Saturday. Wyoming was double-digit favorites at home however, got a all they could handle from the Bulldogs and couldn’t pull away until a 7-2 run at the start of the 2nd OT gave the Cowboys a 89-84 lead with 2:20 left to play. Wyoming shot 42.2% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 17-10 margin. Leading the way for the Cowboys was Alan Herndon who had a double-double with 32 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 blocks. On the season, Wyoming is averaging 75.8 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Cowboys are averaging 9.5 three-pointers per game on 34.7% shooting form beyond the arc. Offensively, Wyoming has been led by Hayden Dalton (16.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.5 apg), Justin James (14.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.6 apg), Alan Herndon (14.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.8 bpg), and Louis Adams (9.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg). Defensively, Wyoming is allowing their opponents to average 72.8 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Cowboys have a rebound margin of -5.1 and a turnover margin of 1.6.

South Carolina vs. Wyoming - 12/6/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The South Carolina Gamecocks improved to 6-2 on the season after defeating the UMass Minutemen, 76-70, this past Saturday. South Carolina allowed UMass to hang around after taking a double-digit lead midway through the 1st half, however, was able to hang on for the victory after taking a 63-56 lead with 4:29 left in regulation. South Carolina shot 50.9% from the field and outrebounded UMass by a 36-26 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Gamecocks was Hassani Gravett who had 14 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, South Carolina is averaging 73.6 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Carolina has been led by Chris Silva (12.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.4 bpg), Maik Kotsar (10.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.9 apg, 2.0 spg), Justin Minaya (10.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Hassani Gravett (9.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.6 apg). Defensively, South Carolina is holding their opponents to an average of 63.8 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks have a rebound margin of 7.8 and a turnover margin of 1.3.

The Cowboys are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 17-8 ATS in their last 25 non-conference games. The Gamecocks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games however, are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss.

Wyoming is just 2-2 in their last 4 games and has struggled a bit on the defensive end as they’ve allowed their opponents to average 81.3 ppg during that span. South Carolina doesn’t have as much offensive firepower as they had last year, however, the defense has been solid this season as they rank 42nd in scoring defense and T-39th in rebound margin. Wyoming struggled offensively against a very good Cincinnati team, putting up just 53 points, as I wasn’t impressed by the Cowboys performance in their double-digit loss on the road against Denver, I think South Carolina will be able to enough to cover this spread at home. 

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