Tennessee vs. South Carolina Pick
Can South Carolina get back on track on Saturday when it welcomes Tennessee to town for a 1PM ET tip?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, South Carolina is favored at home, as the Gamecocks are getting odds of -6.5 points against Tennessee. The over/under total for the game is listed at 140.5 points. South Carolina has won and covered in three of its last four against Tennessee, including a 70-60 win at UT on Jan. 11.
South Carolina has lost three straight games coming into today to drop to 20-8 on the season and 10-5 in the SEC. The Gamecocks have also failed to cover in six straight games to fall to 10-13-2 against the spread on the season. South Carolina is averaging 72.1 points per game on offense while allowing 64.8 on defense. Sindarius Thornwell is leading the team with 21.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game while PJ Dozier is adding 13.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest.
Tennessee is coming off a 67-56 loss at home to Vanderbilt to fall to 15-13 on the season and 7-8 in the SEC. The Vols are 13-12 against the spread on the season as well. Tennessee puts up 75.4 points per game on offense while allowing 72.9 on defense. Robert Hubbs III is leading the team with 14.3 points and 5 rebounds per game while Grant Williams is adding 12.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest.
Neither team is very reliable right now, so I am going to take my chances on the Vols. Tennessee is 7-4 against the spread on the road this season while South Carolina is 5-8 ATS at home. The Gamecocks are a mess right now, especially on defense. They have given up at least 70 points in their last six, so I see Tennessee being able to put up a high number today to cover.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: TENNESSEE +6.5