South Carolina vs. Auburn - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Auburn Tigers (23-3) at South Carolina Gamecocks (13-13)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 3:30 pm (Colonial Life Arena)
The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks +6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Auburn Tigers and South Carolina Gamecocks meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Colonial Life Arena.
The Auburn Tigers look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Auburn Tigers are averaging 85.1 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 72.2 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Bryce Brown is averaging 16.6 points and 1.8 assists while Mustapha Heron is averaging 16.1 points and 5.3 rebounds. Jared Harper is the third double-digit scorer and Desean Murray is grabbing seven rebounds. The Auburn Tigers are shooting 38.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Auburn Tigers are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.1 rebounds per game. The Auburn Tigers have won five of their last six road games.
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The South Carolina Gamecocks need a victory here to get a game above a .500 record. The South Carolina Gamecocks are averaging 69 points on 39.6 percent shooting and allowing 68 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Chris Silva is averaging 14.2 points and 1.1 assists while Frank Booker is averaging 11.6 points and three rebounds. Maik Kotsar is grabbing 4.7 rebounds and Justin Minaya is dishing 1.5 assists. The South Carolina Gamecocks are shooting 31.9 percent from beyond the arc and 69.8 percent from the free throw line. The South Carolina Gamecocks are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.7 rebounds per game. The South Carolina Gamecocks have lost four straight home games.
The Tigers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 13-3 ATS in their last 16 vs. Southeastern and 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Gamecocks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Southeastern, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Tigers are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings in South Carolina, the road team is 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings and the underdog is 14-5 ATS in the last 19 meetings.
The South Carolina Gamecocks are the same team they were last year, and playing at home hasn't helped much where they're only outscoring teams by 0.6 points. The Auburn Tigers have not only been the most consistent team in the SEC this season, but they've covered 20 of their last 27 games. Just blindly backing Auburn this season has paid off in a big way. No reason to bet against a team like that. Give me Auburn and the reasonable chalk.