Vanderbilt vs. South Carolina - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Vanderbilt vs. South Carolina - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina Gamecocks (18-12) at Vanderbilt Commodores (10-20)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 12:30 pm (Memorial Gym)

The Line: Vanderbilt Commodores +5 -- Over/Under: 148.5

TV: SEC Network

The South Carolina Gamecocks and the Vanderbilt Commodores meet in SEC conference college basketball action from the Memorial Gym on Saturday afternoon.

The South Carolina Gamecocks will try to join the fray near the top of the SEC standings, sitting at 10-7 in conference play after an 83-71 win over Mississippi State last time out. A.J. Lawson leads South Carolina in scoring with 13.6 PPG while Jermaine Couisnard is 2nd with 12.1 PPG and 3.2 APG and Maik Kotsar has 11.3 PPG and a team-high 6.3 RPG this season. As a team, South Carolina is averaging 73.4 points on 44% shooting from the field, 31.6% from 3-point range and 62.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 69.1 points on 39.2% shooting from the field and 29.8% from 3-point range this season. South Carolina is 6-5 straight up and 9-2 against the spread on the road this season.

The Vanderbilt Commodores will try to finish the season on a high-note after picking up an 87-79 win over Alabama last time out. Saben Lee is averaging 18.2 PPG and 4.3 APG while Scotty Pippen Jr. has 11.6 PPG and Dylan Disu has 5.5 RPG for the Commodores this season. As a team, Vanderbilt is averaging 71.3 points on 43% shooting from the field, 33.9% from 3-point range and 69% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 74.6 points on 46.8% shooting from the field and 35.3% from 3-point range this season. Vanderbilt is 9-10 straight up and 8-10-1 against the spread at home this season.

Head-to-head, the home team is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.

Points with a home dog on senior day at home can be tempting, but while Vandy’s picked up a couple of wins here and there, the fact remains that the Commodores aren’t a very good basketball team and are probably going to have an extremely brief stay in the SEC tournament. South Carolina plays as well as anybody on the road, especially against the number and I expect that to be no different here. I’ll lay the points with South Carolina here.

Chris’s Pick South Carolina -5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.