Tennessee vs. South Carolina Prediction
Will the newly top-ranked Tennessee Volunteers have any issues when they go on the road to face South Carolina tonight at 6:30PM ET?
601 Tennessee vs. 602 South Carolina
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
6:30PM ET – Colonial Life Arena
TV: SEC Network
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Tennessee is favored on the road, as the Volunteers are getting odds of -9 points against South Carolina. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 154.5 points. The public betting currently has 51 percent going on Tennessee on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Vols continue to win
Tennessee is coming off an 83-66 win over West Virginia in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge this past weekend. The Vols have covered the spread in six of their last eight. Tennessee is 18-1 on the season, 6-0 in the SEC, 4-0 on the road, 10-7-1 against the spread and 10-8 with the over.
The Volunteers have one of the top offenses in the nation, as they average 86.1 points per game while shooting 50.7 percent from the field. Defensively, Tennessee is giving up just 67.4 points per game while holding opponents to only 39 percent shooting. Grant Williams is leading Tennessee with 20.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while Admiral Schofield is adding 16.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per contest.
South Carolina coming off loss
South Carolina is coming off a 74-70 loss at Oklahoma State in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The Gamecocks have lost two of their last three games. South Carolina is 10-9 on the season, 5-1 in the SEC, 7-4 at home, 7-11 against the spread and 13-4 with the over.
The Gamecocks are struggling on defense, giving up 72.7 points per game while opponents are shooting 35.5 percent from the arc. Offensively, South Carolina is putting up 74.9 points per game despite shooting just 42.6 percent. A.J. Lawson has been leading the team with 13.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while Chris Silva is adding 13.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest.
College Basketball Betting Trends
Tennessee is 4-1 against the spread in its last five road games and 6-2 ATS in its last eight following a win.
South Carolina is 11-2-1 against the spread in its last 14 SEC games, but just 3-8 ATS in its last 11 at home.
Going on the road in conference is always tough, but South Carolina has struggled at home, going just 3-7 against the spread this season. However, those three were in conference play. Tennessee has managed to bring its offense on the road thus far and I think that will be the difference. South Carolina doesn’t have the firepower to compete with the Vols if Tennessee is shooting well. I expect Tennessee to be able to score on this average SC defense and the Gamecocks won’t be able to keep pace.
College Basketball Prediction: Tennessee -9