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Florida vs. South Carolina - 01/05/2019 NCAA BB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The South Carolina Gamecocks and the Florida Gators meet in SEC conference college basketball action from Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Saturday night.

The South Carolina Gamecocks come into this game looking to build some steam after a 97-46 win over subdivision North Greenville in their last outing. A.J. Lawson led the Gamecocks with 22 points on 8 of 13 shooting with 3 threes while Chris Silva came right behind with 21 points along with 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Keyshawn Bryant added 19 points with 3 steals while Tre Campbell added 11 points with 3 threes of his own to round out the scoring in double figures for the Gamecocks in the win. Maik Kotsar added 7 points with 8 rebounds and a team-high 6 blocks while Hassani Gravett added 6 points and a team-high 9 assists as well in the victory. Lawson leads South Carolina with an average of 13.8 points and 3.4 assists per game while Silva leads the Gamecocks on the glass with 6.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, South Carolina is averaging 74.1 points per game on 42.1% shooting from the field, 30.8% from behind the arc and 71.2% from the foul line this season.

The Florida Gators will look to build on their current 3-game winning streak after a 77-43 rout of Butler in their last outing. Keith Stone and Noah Locke tied for the team-high with 12 points each, with Stone shooting 5 of 7 with a pair of threes and 6 rebounds while Locke had 3 triples. KeVaughn Allen and Jalen Hudson each had 11 points with Allen shooting 5 of 8 with 3 assists and Hudson adding 7 rebounds while Keyontae Johnson added 10 points with a team-high 8 rebounds to round out the scoring in double figures for Florida in the win. Allen leads Florida in scoring with 10.3 points per game while Hayes leads the Gators in rebounding with 6.5 rebounds per game and Andrew Nembhard leads Florida in assists with 5.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Florida is averaging 71 points per game on 44.5% shooting from the field, 35.6% from behind the arc and 64.8% from the foul line this season.

South Carolina is 2-10-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 68-32-2 in their last 102 games following a win. Florida is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a losing road record and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 8-3 in their last 11 conference games. South Carolina is 12-2 ATS in the last 14 meetings between these two teams at Florida.

Florida has had a tough schedule so far this season, and there’s no denying that their rout of Butler was impressive. The Gators have also been dominant on defense, having only allowed their opposition to break 70 points once, and that was in the opening game against Florida State. However, while I need to see more from South Carolina than a win over a subdivision opponent, this feels like a lot of points to give up against a South Carolina team that’s had success against the spread in the Gators’ backyard. Since 2015, 5 of the 7 meetings between South Carolina and Florida have been decided by 7 points or less. Backing the Gamecocks has burned me more often than not this season, but I just feel this is too many points so I’ll take a shot with South Carolina here.

Pick:
South Carolina +15

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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