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Arkansas vs South Carolina Pick & Preview: Saturday, February 4th Betting Odds
Razorbacks vs Gamecocks Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Arkansas Razorbacks at South Carolina Gamecocks
- Where: Columbia at Colonial Life Arena
- Date: Saturday, February 4th
- Betting Odds: Arkansas -12, ARK -803 | SC +531 O/U 136.5
Arkansas heads into this matchup having played 22 games and have an overall record sitting at 15-7. So far, the Razorbacks have played 7 games on the road, with a record of 2-5. This season, Arkansas has been favored to win in 17 games, sitting with a mark of 14-3. For today’s contest, Arkansas has a betting line set -12 points in their favor.
Arkansas will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Ricky Council IV who is averaging 17.27 points per game for the Razorbacks. IV is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Razorbacks’ offensive game plan is the play of Anthony Black who has hit 44.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.45 points per game.
Arkansas comes into today’s matchup vs South Carolina, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 76.9 points per game. Through 22 games, they have hit 44.0% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Razorbacks have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 306th in possessions per game.
South Carolina will take the floor against the Razorbacks with an overall record of 8-14. Currently, the Gamecocks have been the home team 14 times, sitting with a record of 6-8. So far, the Gamecocks have been the underdog 16 times, going 4-12 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +12 underdogs on the spread.
Gregory Jackson II comes into today’s game as the Gamecocks’ leading scorer at 16.14 points per contest. Not only has II been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is South Carolina’s top rebounder at 6.64 boards per contest. Behind II, the team has benefited from the strong play of Meechie Johnson Jr., who is second on the team in scoring at 11.9 points per game. Overall, he has hit 34.2% of his shots and is adding 4.0 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for South Carolina this season, as they are currently ranked 205th in college basketball at 71.0 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Gamecocks’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.6%, placing them 385th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Arkansas Razorbacks -12
While examining this matchup between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the South Carolina Gamecocks, we recommend grabbing Arkansas to come out on top and cover the spread. The oddsmakers have Arkansas as the heavy favorite with a point spread of -12. Not only do we like the Arkansas’ historical performance as the favorite, as they are 4-1 vs the spread in their last 5 games when favored to win. But, they are matched up against a team that plays a similar style of basketball. So far, both Arkansas and South Carolina are near the NCAA average in possessions per game. Before tip-off, go ahead and place your bet on the Arkansas to win and cover the spread.