Virginia Cavaliers (9-0) at South Carolina Gamecocks (4-5)
|Date & Time||Wednesday December 19, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks +10.5 -- Over/Under: 133
The Virginia Cavaliers and the South Carolina Gamecocks meet in college basketball action from the Colonial Life Arena on Wednesday night.
The Virginia Cavaliers come into this game looking to remain unbeaten after a 57-49 win over VCU in their last outing. Kyle Guy led the Cavaliers with 15 points on 4 of 13 shooting with 6 rebounds while Ty Jerome added 14 points on 4 of 13 shooting himself with 3 threes and a team-high 8 rebounds as the only other Virginia player to score in double figures in the winning effort. Kihei Clark added 9 points and a team-high 4 assists while Jack Salt added 7 rebounds of his own in the victory. De’Andre Hunter had 9 points but still leads Virginia on the year with an average of 15.6 points and 5.3 rebounds while the aforementioned Jerome leads Virginia with an average of 4 assists per game this season. As a team, Virginia is averaging 72.8 points per game on 47.2% shooting from the field, 39.1% from behind the arc and 76.2% from the foul line this season. The Cavaliers are also tough defensively, allowing the 2nd-fewest points per game in the country, giving up just 51.2 points per game this season.
The South Carolina Gamecocks will be looking to rebound from back-to-back losses after an 89-78 loss at the hands of Michigan in their last outing. Chris Silva led the Gamecocks with 18 points on 7 of 13 shooting with 12 rebounds for the double-double while Maik Kotsar added 16 points and Keyshawn Bryant chipped in 13 points. A.J. Lawson added 10 points and a team-high 5 assists with 3 steals to round out the foursome of double-digit scorers for the Gamecocks in the losing effort. Lawson still leads South Carolina with an average of 14.3 points and 3.6 assists per game while Silva leads the Gamecocks in rebounding with 6.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, South Carolina is averaging 74.7 points per game on 42.4% shooting from the field, 31.7% shooting from behind the arc and 70.3% from the foul line this season.
Virginia is 13-3 ATS in their last 16 road games and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 non-conference games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the SEC. South Carolina is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games and 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall while the over is 8-0 in their last 8 games following a loss.
Laying double-digits on the road can be a tricky proposition, but I don’t think it is in this case. The Gamecocks have been brutal for much of the season, including at home where South Carolina is 0-5 ATS this year. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned in this line of work, it’s that defense travels and once again Virginia is proving to be one of the elite defensive units in the country. I just don’t see the Gamecocks being able to do enough to negate Virginia’s decisive edge on defense, so I’ll lay the points with Virginia here.