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Missouri vs. South Carolina - 3/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
South Carolina at Missouri
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 3:30 PM (EST)
Location
Missou Arena
Columbia, MO
The Line
Missouri Tigers -3 -- Over/Under: 138
TV Channel
ESPN - SEC Network
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The South Carolina Gamecocks will travel to Missou Arena to take on the Missouri Tigers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The  South Carolina Gamecocks dropped to 14-14 (9-6 SEC) on the season after being defeated by the Alabama Crimson Tide, 68-62, this past Tuesday. South Carolina struggled against the Alabama defense and couldn’t fight back after the Crimson Tide took a 63-57 lead with 2:19 left in regulation. South Carolina shot just 30.8% from the field and 21.1% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Gamecocks was Chris Silva who had a double-double with 23 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 blocks.

On the season, South Carolina is averaging 73.7 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 36.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Carolina has been led by Chris Silva (14.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.1 bpg), A.J. Lawson (13.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.1 spg), Hassani Gravett (11.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Keyshawn Bryant (8.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.4 apg). The Gamecocks will be with A.J. Lawson who will be out for the next two games due to an ankle injury.

Defensviely, South Carolina is allowing their opponents to average 73.8 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks have a rebound margin of 0.0 and a turnover margin of 1.0.

The Missouri Tigers lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 12-15 (3-12 SEC) on the season after being defeated by the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 68-49, this past Tuesday. Missouri trailed by a 33-26 margin at halftime and couldn’t fight back after a 9-0 Bulldogs run gave Mississippi State a 62-44 lead with 3:42 left in regulation. Missouri struggled offensively as the Tigers shot just 32.7% from the field and 29.2% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Tigers was Jeremiah Tilmon who had 11 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and a steal.

On the season, Missouri is averaging 66.6 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 36.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Missouri has been led by Jordan Geist (13.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Mark Smith (11.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.6 apg), Jeremiah Tilmon (10.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg), and Javon Pickett (8.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.4 apg). Missouri will be without Mark Smith who is out for the rest of the season due to an ankle injury.

Defensively, Missouri is holding their opponents to 68.6 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 3.0 and a turnover margin of -2.0.

The Gamecocks are 16-6-1 ATS in their last 23 games vs. SEC opponents. The Tigers are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400, however, are just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games after scoring less than 50 points in their previous games.

South Carolina has lost 3 of their last 5 games and currently rank T-148th in scoring offense, 240th in scoring defense, and 110th defensive FG%.

Missouri has lost 6 of their last 7 games and although their defense has been decent as they rank T-100th in scoring defense, the Tigers have had trouble putting up points as they come into this match-up ranked just 314th in scoring offense and 271st in FG%.

Missouri has struggled offensively, however, the Tigers have been decent defensively and have played much better at home, posting an 8-6 record. South Carolina is a decent team, however, the offensive has struggled as of late, putting up just 61.5 ppg over their last two games, and it could get even worse now that their 2nd leading scorer is out for a couple of games. I think this is going to be a close game, however, I think Missouri pulls away late and covers this small home spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Missouri Tigers -3

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