South Carolina vs. FIU Pick
Will South Carolina avoid a letdown on the road when it heads south to face Florida International tonight at 7PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, South Carolina is favored on the road, as the Gamecocks are getting odds of -16.5 points against FIU. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 135 points. Tonight’s game takes place from FIU Arena in Miami, Florida and will air live on the CBS Sports Network.
After a run to the Final Four last season, South Carolina is off to a 4-1 start to the season, which includes a 69-65 loss to Illinois State. The Gamecocks are 4-1 against the spread this season, failing to cover in the loss. South Carolina is scoring 75 points per game this season while allowing 60.6 per game. The Gamecocks are being led by Chris Silva, who is averaging 11.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Hassani Gravett is adding 9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5 assists per contest.
FIU is just 2-3 on the season following a 77-67 win over Concordia University last week. The Panthers are 2-1 against the spread this season and 1-0 ATS at home. FIU is putting up 67.3 points per game on the year while allowing 77 points per contest. The Golden Panthers are being led by Eric Lockett, who is averaging 16 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Trejon Jacob is adding 15.8 points and 5 boards per contest.
South Carolina has won two straight meetings with FIU, with each team covering the spread in one of the two contests. South Carolina has covered the spread in seven straight road games and in six of their last eight Monday games. FIU is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games following a straight up win and just 3-10 ATS in its last 13 home games. The public betting is siding with South Carolina on the road and I agree with them.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: SOUTH CAROLINA -16.5