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Oklahoma State vs. South Carolina - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
South Carolina at Oklahoma State
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
Gallagher-Iba Arena
Stillwater, OK
The Line
Oklahoma State Cowboys -3.5 -- Over/Under: 145
TV Channel
ESPNU
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The South Carolina Gamecocks and the Oklahoma State Cowboys meet in college basketball action from the Gallagher-Iba Arena on Saturday afternoon as part of the SEC/Big 12 challenge.

The South Carolina Gamecocks will look to build on an 80-77 win over Auburn last time out that gave South Carolina their 6th win in their last 7 games. Chris Silva led the Gamecocks with 32 points on an efficient 11 of 12 shooting from the floor and 10 of 11 from the foul line along with 14 rebounds and 4 blocks for a monster double-double while Hassani Gravett added 13 points on 5 of 9 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 6 assists as the only other South Carolina player to score in double figures in the win. Maik Kotsar and Felipe Haase each had 9 points with Haase adding 6 rebounds to Kotsar’s 5 while Keyshawn Bryant chipped in 6 points and 5 assists as well in the victory. A.J. Lawson was held to 7 points but still leads South Carolina with an average of 13.2 points and 2.7 assists per game while Silva leads the Gamecocks in rebounding with 6.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, South Carolina is averaging 75.2 points per game this season on 42.9% shooting from the field, 31.2% from behind the arc and 71.6% from the foul line this season.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys will look to rebound and snap a 3-game losing streak after falling to Oklahoma by a final score of 70-61 in their last outing. Lindy Waters III led the Cowboys with 20 points on 7 of 13 shooting with 4 threes while Camerson McGriff added 13 points on 4 of 9 shooting with 3 threes, 3 assists, a team-high 5 rebounds and a pair of blocks as the only other Oklahoma State player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Thomas Dziagwa and Curtis Jones each had 9 points with Dziagwa adding 3 threes and 4 rebounds while Jones had 3 assists. McGriff leads Oklahoma State with an average of 13.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game while Isaac Likekele leads the Cowboys in assists with 3.2 helpers per game this season. As a team, Oklahoma State is averaging 69.3 points per game on 43.2% shooting from the field, 38.2% from behind the 3-point line and 67.5% from the foul line this season.

South Carolina is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 road games while the under is 7-0 in their last 7 games against the Big 12. Oklahoma State is 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games and 2-11 ATS in their last 13 games overall while the under is 21-5 in their last 26 non-conference games.

Both of these two teams have been experiencing down years from what we’ve become accustomed to seeing from both programs in the past, but the difference for me is that South Carolina has been coming on a lot more strong as of late, winning 6 of their last 7, including wins over Florida and Auburn over that span. Oklahoma State has sputtered, and the game against Oklahoma just gave me even less confidence in the Cowboys as OK State led for a good chunk of that game before falling apart late and still almost lost by double digits. I’d say home court plays a role here, but for a low line to have value at home, you actually have to get the job done, which isn’t something that the Cowboys have done, failing to cover 8 of their last 9 spreads at home. I’ll take the free points with what I feel is the better team and to me, that’s South Carolina.

Pick:
South Carolina +3.5

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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