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Arkansas vs South Carolina Basketball Picks 1-20-24

South Carolina Gamecocks (14-3) vs. Arkansas Razorbacks (10-7)
January 20, 2024 1:00 pm EDT
The Line: Arkansas Razorbacks -2.5; Over/Under: 142.5
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The South Carolina Gamecocks will play the Arkansas Razorbacks in a SEC game on Saturday afternoon at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Arkansas. South Carolina has lost two of their last three games, while Arkansas has dropped three of their last four. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the South Carolina vs Arkansas prediction. 

South Carolina Preview

The South Carolina Gamecocks are 14-3 (2-2) this season after they lost to Georgia by a score of 74-69 in their last game. South Carolina led 34-33 at halftime, but they allowed 41 points in the second half in the loss. The Gamecocks shot 39.7% from the field and were -9 in rebounding margin in the game. South Carolina defeated Missouri by a score of 71-69 in the game prior to Georgia, but they lost to Alabama before that. The Gamecocks are scoring 72.7 points per game with 36.9 rebounds per game and 14.4 assists per game, while allowing 64.6 points against per game this season. Meechie Johnson is averaging 17.3 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game, and 2.4 assists per game. South Carolina is shooting 43.4% from the field, 72.4% on free throws, and 32.9% on three pointers this year. 

Arkansas Preview

The Arkansas Razorbacks are 10-7 (1-3) this year after they defeated Texas A&M by a score of 78-77 in their last game. Arkansas led 46-32 at the half, but was barely able to get the win, after being out scored 45-32 in the second half. The Razorbacks shot 39.2% from the field and were -12 in rebounding margin in the game. Arkansas had lost their previous three games against Florida, Georgia, and Auburn. The Razorbacks are scoring 78.4 points per game with 36.9 rebounds per game and 11.6 assists per game, while giving up 77.6 points against per game this year. Tramon Mark is averaging 17.8 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game, and 1.6 assists per game. Arkansas is shooting 45.4% from the field, 71.6% on free throws, and 33.1% on three pointers this season.

South Carolina vs Arkansas Betting Prediction

South Carolina comes into this matchup with a 14-3 record, but they have lost two of their last three games. The Gamecocks are only shooting 43.4% from the field, but they play great defense. South Carolina is allowing 64.6 points against per game this season, but will face an Arkansas team that is scoring 78.4 points per game. The Razorbacks have lost three of their last four games and they have struggled defensively in all four of those contests. I do think South Carolina is a solid team, but their record is slightly misleading. Arkansas may not be very good this season, but I think they have the advantage at home. Take the Razorbacks here. 

David Racey's Free Pick: Arkansas -2.5

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David started writing about sports in 2015, but sports has been his passion for as long as he can remember. David spends most of his free time watching pretty much anything sports related from Baseball to Tennis and everything in between. David likes to analyze statistics and recent results to form an unbiased opinion on whatever game he is breaking down. Follow David on Twitter at @itsyerboi41

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