Auburn Tigers (8-7) at South Carolina Gamecocks (3-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Colonial Life Arena)
The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks -1 -- Over/Under: 152 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Auburn Tigers and South Carolina Gamecocks meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Colonial Life Arena.
The Auburn Tigers need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Auburn Tigers are averaging 75.8 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 69.1 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Justin Powell is averaging 13.9 points and 4.5 assists while Allen Flanigan is averaging 13.8 points and 4.4 rebounds. Jaylin Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Jamal Johnson is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Auburn Tigers are shooting 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 61 percent from the free throw line. The Auburn Tigers are allowing 29.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.8 rebounds per game.
The South Carolina Gamecocks need a win here to get back to a .500 record. The South Carolina Gamecocks are averaging 72 points on 42.4 percent shooting and allowing 72 points on 45.3 percent shooting. A.J. Lawson is averaging 16.6 points and 3.6 rebounds while Keyshawn Bryant is averaging 13.4 points and 0.8 assists. Jermaine Couisnard is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Minaya is grabbing 8.1 rebounds. The South Carolina Gamecocks are shooting 30.4 percent from beyond the arc and 60.5 percent from the free throw line. The South Carolina Gamecocks are allowing 31.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game.
The Tigers are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss. The Gamecocks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 8-3 in Tigers last 11 overall. The over is 11-2 in Gamecocks last 13 overall. The underdog is 17-7 ATS in the last 24 meetings.
Both of these teams are having issues finding their identity and putting wins together, but at the end of the day, the Auburn Tigers are the more talented team here. I know it's hard to get behind a team that's lost five of its last seven, but on paper Auburn is the better team. In a near pick em situation, I'm going to give the edge to the Auburn Tigers.