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Arkansas vs. South Carolina - 2/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

South Carolina Gamecocks (13-10) at Arkansas Razorbacks (15-8)

College Basketball: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Bud Walton Arena)

The Line: Arkansas Razorbacks -5.5 -- Over/Under: 149.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The South Carolina Gamecocks will travel to Bud Walton Arena to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The South Carolina Gamecocks lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 13-10 (4-6 SEC) on the season after being defeated by the Texas A&M Aggies, 83-60, this past Saturday. South Carolina struggled on both ends of the court in the 1st half in this one and couldn’t fight back after they went into halftime trailing by a 49-27 margin. South Carolina shot just 27.5% from the field and 28.0% (7-25) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Gamecocks was Justin Minaya who had 16 points, 7 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, South Carolina is averaging 70.4 ppg on 39.9% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 32.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Carolina has been led by Chris Silva (14.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.1 bpg), Frank Booker (11.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.1 spg), Justin Minaya (8.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Maik Kotsar (8.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.1 spg). Defensively, South Carolina is holding their opponents to an average of 67.4 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks have a rebound margin of 5.1 and a turnover margin of 1.7.

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Arkansas vs. South Carolina - 2/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Arkansas Razorbacks lost their 2nd consecutive game and dropped to 15-8 (4-6 SEC) on the season after being defeated by the LSU Tigers, 94-86, this past Saturday. Arkansas struggled defensively throughout the game and couldn’t fight back after a 8-0 Tigers run gave LSU a 75-64 lead with 7:23 left in regulation. Arkansas allowed LSU to shoot 52.7% from the field and 50.0% (15-30) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Razorbacks was Daryl Macon who had 22 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 assists. On the season, Arkansas is averaging 83.2 ppg on 48.7% shooting from the field. The Razorbacks are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 39.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Arkansas has been led by Jaylen Barford (18.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.2 spg), Daryl Macon (17.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.1 spg), Daniel Gafford (11.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.8 bpg), and Anton Beard (9.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.0 apg). Defensively, Arkansas is allowing their opponents to average 77.0 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Razorbacks have a rebound margin of -1.4 and a turnover margin of 3.4.

The Gamecocks are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 6-15 ATS in their last 21 games vs. SEC opponents. The Razorbacks are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games.

South Carolina has been led by their defense this season as they come into this matchup ranked 63rd in scoring defense, however, the Gamecocks have struggled defensively as of late as during their 3-game losing streak, the Gamecocks are allowing their opponents to average 78.0 ppg. Arkansas has lost 4 of their last 10 games and although they have an explosive offense that ranks 24th in scoring offense and 27th in FG%, the Razorbacks have struggled defensively as they rank just 288th in scoring defense. Arkansas has struggled recently, however, the Razorbacks are 11-1 at home and as I haven’t been expressed by the South Carolina defense as of late, I’m taking Arkansas to cover this spread. 

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