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Alabama vs. South Carolina - 1/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

South Carolina Gamecocks (10-5) at Alabama Crimson Tide (9-6)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Coleman Coliseum)

The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: SEC

We have some SEC action on the hardwood, as the South Carolina Gamecocks take on the Alabama Crimson Tide in a college basketball matchup on Tuesday night. 

The South Carolina Gamecocks will look to build on their first conference win of the year, a 71-60 decision over Vanderbilt in their last outing. Chris Silva led the team with 27 points on 9 of 15 shooting with a 9 of 12 mark from the foul line and a team-high 8 rebounds. Wesley Myers added 17 points 4 of 5 shooting with an 8 of 12 mark from the foul line as the only other Gamecock to finish in double figures scoring in the win. Felipe Haase added 6 rebounds, while Frank Booker added 4 points and 3 steals and David Beatty added a pair of steals of his own in the win. Chris Silva leads the team with an average of 14.6 points and 8.1 rebounds while Myers leads the team with 1.7 assists per game this season. As a team, South Carolina is scoring 71.9 points per game on 42.2% shooting from the field, 33.2% from behind the arc and 66.5% from the foul line this season. 

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Alabama vs. South Carolina - 1/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Alabama Crimson Tide will look to bounce back from a pair of back-to-back conference losses, including a 65-46 setback at the hands of Georgia in their last outing. Collin Sexton was the lone Alabama player to finish in double figures scoring, accounting for half of Alabama’s scoring with 23 points on 9 of 16 shooting with a team-high 3 assists. Avery Johnson Jr. came 2nd with 8 points including a pair of threes and a pair of steals, while Donta Hall added 7 points and a team-high 6 rebounds. Herb Jones added 4 points and a pair of blocks, while Daniel Giddens chipped in 3 rejections. Sexton leads the team with an average of 20.6 points and 3.4 assists per game, while Hall is the team’s leading rebounder with 7.2 boards per game this season. As a team, Alabama is scoring 74.9 points per game on 46% shooting from the field, 33% from behind the arc and 68.6% from the foul line this season.

South Carolina is 3-11 ATS in their last 14 conference matchups and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 38-16-1 in their last 55 road games. Alabama is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference matchups and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 games following a loss. South Carolina is 1-5-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams. 

South Carolina’s win over Vanderbilt was a definite confidence boost, but let’s not forget that Vandy is just 1-11 ATS this season. Alabama is a lot better than their record would indicate, and I’m sure the Tide will be out to redeem themselves after that poor performance against Georgia, so considering Alabama’s success ATS in this matchup, I think the best choice is to lay the points with the Crimson Tide here. 

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