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Will South Carolina struggle to cover vs. Marquette? NCAA Predictions 3/17/17

Will South Carolina struggle to cover the spread tonight when it takes on Marquette at 9:50PM ET?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Gamecocks are 1.5-point favorites versus the Golden Eagles while the over/under currently sits at 144.5 points. The total is the only number that has moved, as it has dropped from 148 down to 144.5.

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The Golden Eagles finished with a 19-12 record on the season and went 5-5 down the stretch, covering the spread in just five of those 10 games as well. They were 16-15 against the number on the year, but have covered the number just once over their last five NCAA tournament appearances.

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The Gamecocks finished their pre-tournament schedule with a 22-10 straight up record and went just 11-16-2 against the spread this season. They also failed to cover in nine of the team's final 10 games entering the tournament, a stretch that saw them go just 4-6 straight up.

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OUR PREDICTION: South Carolina is just 1-8 against the spread in its last nine games as a favorite, is 1-7 against the number in its last eight games versus a team with a winning record and failed to cover in four of its last five games coming off a loss. The Golden Eagles, meanwhile, are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games versus SEC opponents and have fared well as an underdog, covering in five of their last seven neutral site games as a dog.

MARCH MADNESS PREDICTION: MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES +1.5

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