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South Carolina vs. Arkansas - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Arkansas at South Carolina
Date & Time Saturday February 9, 2019, 3:30 PM (EST)
Location
Colonial Life Arena
Columbia, South Carolina
The Line
The Line: South Carolina -1.5 -- Over/Under: 151
TV Channel
SEC
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The Arkansas Razorbacks and South Carolina Gamecocks meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Colonial Life Arena.

The Arkansas Razorbacks look to stay hot after winning four of their last five games. The Arkansas Razorbacks are averaging 77.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 72.6 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Daniel Gafford is averaging 16.8 points and 8.9 rebounds while Isaiah Joe is averaging 14.2 points and 1.8 assists. Mason Jones is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Harris is dishing 5.8 assists. The Arkansas Razorbacks are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 65.3 percent from the free throw line. The Arkansas Razorbacks are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.7 rebounds per game. The Arkansas Razorbacks have split their last six road games.

The South Carolina Gamecocks need a win here after losing four of their last six games. The South Carolina Gamecocks are averaging 74 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 74.1 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Chris Silva is averaging 13.6 points and 6.9 rebounds while A.J. Lawson is averaging 13.2 points and 2.5 assists. Hassani Gravett is the third double-digit scorer and Keyshawn Bryant is dishing 1.5 assists. The South Carolina Gamecocks are shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 69.8 percent from the free throw line. The South Carolina Gamecocks are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.4 rebounds per game. The South Carolina Gamecocks have won five of their last eight home games.

The Razorbacks are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Gamecocks are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games, 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games following a ATS loss and 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 vs. Southeastern. The Razorbacks are 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the road team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 20-8 in Gamecocks last 28 overall. The under is 5-1 in Razorbacks last 6 overall.

The Arkansas Razorbacks have won the last three meetings against the South Carolina Gamecocks and seven of the last 10 overall. South Carolina is in poor form at the moment, losing four of its last six games and losing by an average of nine points in its last five games. The Arkansas Razorbacks continue to be a tough defensive side that grinds out victories, and they're shooting a solid 46.6 percent from the field on the road. This is a game where you should probably take Arkansas and the free point. However, this is the time of year where teams are either going to make or break their season. This is a must-win for the Gamecocks. I'll lay the point in this near toss-up.

Pick:
South Carolina -1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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