Tennessee vs. South Carolina Pick
Which SEC team will get over the .500 mark in conference play tonight as South Carolina hosts Tennessee at 6PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Tennessee is favored on the road, as the Volunteers are getting odds of -3.5 points against South Carolina. The over/under total is listed at 139.5 points. Today’s game will take place from Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina and air live on ESPN2.
South Carolina is coming off a big 76-68 win over Kentucky at home for its third win in four games. The Gamecocks are 12-6 overall, 3-3 in the SEC and 8-8-1 against the spread. South Carolina is averaging 71 points per game this season while allowing 66.5 per contest. Chris Silva has been leading the team with 14.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game while Frank Booker is adding 11.3 points per contest.
Tennessee is coming off a 59-55 loss at Missouri this week to snap a three-game win streak. The Vols are now 12-5 overall, 3-3 in the SEC and 9-6 against the spread. Tennessee is averaging 78.1 points per game on offense while giving up 69.6 per game on defense. Grant Williams has been leading Tennessee with 16.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while Admiral Schofield is adding 13.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest.
South Carolina has won three straight meetings with in this series, covering the spread in all three victories. While the potential is their for an emotional letdown after beating Kentucky, I think Frank Martin will have his team ready to go at home. South Carolina has been playing pretty well in recent weeks and has looked good in tis last two at home. Tennessee has dropped two of its last three on the road straight up. The public betting is strongly with the home team tonight as well, so I will take South Carolina.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: SOUTH CAROLINA +3.5