South Carolina vs. Arkansas Pick
Can No. 21 South Carolina take care of business on its home floor when it hosts Arkansas tonight at 6:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, South Carolina is favored at home, as the Gamecocks are getting odds of -8.5 points against Arkansas. The over/under total for the game is listed at 145.5 points. These two have split their last 10 meetings, but South Carolina has covered the spread in four of the last six in the series.
South Carolina is coming off a 77-73 win at Mississippi State this weekend to improve to 20-5 on the season and 10-2 in the SEC. The Gamecocks have failed to cover in their last three and sit 10-10-2 against the spread on the season. South Carolina is averaging just 72.7 points per game on offense but holding opponents to just 63.1 on defense. Sindarius Thornwell is leading the team with 19.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while PJ Dozier is adding 14 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest.
Arkansas is coming off a 78-70 win at LSU this weekend to improve to 18-7 on the season and 7-5 in the SEC. The Razorbacks are 11-12 against the spread on the season as well. Arkansas is averaging 80.1 points per game on offense this year while allowing 74.2. When away from home, Arkansas averages just 73 points on offense while giving up 80.2 on defense. Dusty Hannahs is leading the team with 14.7 points per game while Moses Kingsley is adding 11.7points and 7.5 rebounds per contest.
South Carolina has been playing poorly as of late. Even in wins, they are keeping games close. Arkansas has actually won three of its last five on the road and a good enough team to stay with South Carolina. Since the Gamecocks don’t score a lot of points, it opens the door for opponents to stay competitive. I like Arkansas with the points tonight.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: ARKANSAS +8.5