South Carolina vs. Alabama Pick
Can No. 19 South Carolina continue its march toward an SEC title when it hosts Alabama tonight at 6:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, South Carolina is favored at home, as the Gamecocks are getting odds of -6.5 points against the Tide. The over/under total is listed at 130 points. The home team has won the last 10 in this series while Alabama is 3-1-1 against the spread in the last five meetings.
South Carolina has won four straight to get to 19-4 on the season and 9-1 in the SEC. The Gamecocks are just 10-8-2 against the spread on the season and 5-6 ATS at home. The Gamecocks are putting up 71.9 points per game while allowing just 61.5 on defense. At home, South Carolina is keeping opponents to 59.8 per game. Sindarius Thornwell has been leading the team with 19.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while PJ Dozier is adding 14.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest.
Alabama has dropped two straight coming into tonight’s game, including an 82-77 loss to Auburn at home. The Tide are now 13-9 overall and 6-4 in the SEC. Alabama is averaging 69.4 points per game on offense while allowing just 65.1 on defense. However, the Tide are giving up 71 points per game on the road. Braxton Key is leading the team with 12.1 points and 6 rebounds per game while Dazon Ingram is adding 10.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest.
South Carolina has proven it can beat the non-Kentucky teams in the SEC and I think it will do that again tonight. The Tide aren’t a great road team and will struggle against this South Carolina defense. The Gamecocks know they are in position to do something special this season and won’t have a letdown tonight.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: SOUTH CAROLINA -6.5