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Vanderbilt vs. South Carolina - 1/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

South Carolina at Vanderbilt
Date & Time Wednesday January 16, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Memorial Gym
Nashville, TN
The Line
Vanderbilt Commodores -5 -- Over/Under: 148
TV Channel
SEC Network
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The South Carolina Gamecocks and the Vanderbilt Commodores meet in SEC conference college basketball action from the Memorial Gym on Wednesday night.

The South Carolina Gamecocks will look to build on their current 4-game winning streak after an 85-75 win over Missouri in their last outing. Keyshawn Bryant led the Gamecocks with 15 points on 7 of 9 shooting while Chris Silva and Felipe Haase each had 14 points, with Silva adding 3 steals and 4 blocks while Haase shot 3 of 4 with a pair of threes, a 6 of 6 mark from the foul line and 6 rebounds. Hassani Gravett scored 12 points despite shooting 0 of 6 from the floor, going a perfect 12 of 12 from the foul line while A.J. Lawson added 11 points and a team-high 4 assists and a pair of steals to finish off the scoring in double figures in the win. Maik Kotsar added 4 points with a team-high 7 rebounds and a pair of steals and a pair of blocks in the winning effort. Silva leads South Carolina with an average of 12.9 points and 6.9 rebounds while Lawson leads the Gamecocks in assists with 3.2 assists per game this season. As a team, South Carolina is averaging 75.5 points per game on 42.6% shooting from the field, 31.6% from behind the arc and 72.7% from the foul line this season.

The Vanderbilt Commodores will be out to snap a 3-game losing streak after a 56-47 loss to Kentucky in their last outing. Aaron Nesmith led the Commodores with 11 points on 5 of 11 shooting as the only Vanderbilt player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Joe Toye added 9 points and a team-high 6 rebounds while Simisola Shittu chipped in 8 points and 5 rebounds in the defeat. Despite the off night, Shittu leads the Commodores with an average of 14.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game while Lee leads Vanderbilt in assists with 3.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Vanderbilt is averaging 78.4 points per game on 45% shooting from the field, 33.3% from behind the arc and 70.8% from the foul line this season.

South Carolina is 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 conference games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 road games while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. Vanderbilt is 8-18 ATS in their last 26 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 conference games while the under is 7-0 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. The home team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and South Carolina is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Vanderbilt.

The Gamecocks haven’t had much success in recent years on the road at Vandy, so I could understand why the Commodores would be favored. However, we’re getting points with the team in much better form right now, and the Gamecocks have also been pretty much money ATS against the rest of the SEC and on the road dating back to last season. So while it may be hard for South Carolina to sustain in the long term, I think the Gamecocks can not only cover here but can win this one outright, so I’ll take South Carolina and the points in this one.

South Carolina +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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