South Carolina vs. Florida Pick
Will No. 13 Florida solidify itself atop the SEC standings tonight when it hosts South Carolina at 7PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Florida is favored at home, as the Gators are getting odds of -8 points against South Carolina. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 138.5 points. South Carolina has won two straight in this series, including a 57-53 win at home on Jan. 18.
Florida has won eight straight coming into tonight to get to 22-5 on the season and 12-2 in the SEC. The Gators are tied for first in the conference with Kentucky right now. Florida is 15-10 against the spread on the season, but only 4-4 ATS at home. Florida is averaging 79.5 points per game on offense while allowing 65.9 per game on defense. Canyon Barry has been leading the team with 13.2 points per game, but he is dealing with an ankle injury. KeVaughn Allen is adding 13.1 points per game.
South Carolina has lost two straight coming into tonight to drop to 20-7 overall and 10-4 in the SEC. The Gamecocks have failed to cover in their last five games and are now just 10-12-2 against the spread on the season. South Carolina averages 72.4 points per game on offense this season while giving up 64.2 on defense. Sindarius Thornwell is averaging 20.2 points and 7 rebounds per game to lead the team while PJ Dozier adds 13.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest.
Florida has been a streaky team at the betting window. The Gators have put up big wins at home over the likes of Kentucky and Missouri, but also lost at home to the liked of Vanderbilt. South Carolina is in a funk, but the Gamecocks know they can’t keep free falling right now. They still have a tremendous player in Thornwell and I think he will lead the Gamecocks to a solid performance tonight. I look for this game to be close and come down to the wire.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: SOUTH CAROLINA +8