Auburn vs. South Carolina Pick
No. 23 South Carolina looks to avoid a letdown at home when it hosts Auburn in SEC action today at 6:30PM ET.
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, South Carolina is favored at home, as the Gamecocks are getting odds of -9.5 points against Auburn. The over/under total for the game is listed at 136 points. Auburn has won six of the last eight in this series, covering the spread in the six wins.
South Carolina had its five-game win streak snapped this past weekend in an 85-69 loss at Kentucky. The Gamecocks are now 15-4 overall and 5-1 in the SEC. South Carolina is 8-7-1 against the spread on the season and 4-2 ATS in SEC action. The Gamecocks are about defense, as they are allowing just 60.7points per game this season. At home, South Carolina is giving up just 57.5 points per game. Offensively, South Carolina averages just 69.7 points per contest. Guard PJ Dozier is battling a back injury and listed as questionable for tonight’s game. He averages 14.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Sindarius Thornwell is the team leader with 19.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
Auburn has won two straight and three of its last four coming into today to get to 13-6 overall and 3-4 in the SEC. The Tigers have also covered in three of their last four and are now 10-7 against the spread. Auburn is averaging 79.1 points per game on offense while giving up 75.3 per game defensively. However, on the road, Auburn has been held to just 70.8 points per game. Mustapaha Heron is averaging 15.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game to lead the team while Danjel Purifoy is adding 13.1 points and 5.6 boards per game.
South Carolina is still trying to prove it’s a contender in the SEC and on the national stage, but it faces Bruce Pearl’s Auburn team, which isn’t an easy win. South Carolina isn’t a team that wins by big margins, as they rely on low-scoring games to win. I think Auburn will find a way to keep this competitive on the road, as South Carolina won’t be able to run away from them.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: AUBURN +9.5