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Ole Miss vs South Carolina Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 17th Betting Odds
Rebels vs Gamecocks Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Ole Miss Rebels at South Carolina Gamecocks
- Where: Columbia at Colonial Life Arena
- Date: Tuesday, January 17th
- Betting Odds: Ole Miss -5.5, MISS -248 | SC +199 O/U 130.5
Coming into today’s matchup, the Ole Miss Rebels are in the middle of a 6 game losing streak and have an overall record of 8-9. So far, the Rebels have played 5 games on the road, with a record of 1-4. This season, Ole Miss has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 8-3. For today’s contest, Ole Miss has a betting line set -5.5 points in their favor.
Ole Miss will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Matthew Murrell who is averaging 15.12 points per game for the Rebels. Murrell 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 Rebels’ offensive game plan is the play of Jaemyn Brakefield who has hit 52.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.0 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Ole Miss this season, as they are currently ranked 297th in college basketball at 68.1 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 Rebels’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.6%, placing them 340th in the NCAA.
Heading into today’s matchup vs Ole Miss, the South Carolina Gamecocks will be taking the floor for the 18th time this season and have an overall record of 8-9. So far this season, South Carolina has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 6-5. For the season, South Carolina has been the underdog in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 4-7. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Gamecocks being +5.5 point underdogs.
Gregory Jackson II comes into today’s game as the Gamecocks’ leading scorer at 15.12 points per contest. Not only has II been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is South Carolina’s top rebounder at 6.59 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 13.0 points per game. Overall, he has hit 37.9% of his shots and is adding 4.13 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: South Carolina Gamecocks +5.5
After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Ole Miss as the favorites with a line coming in at -5.5. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the South Carolina Gamecocks to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Ole Miss at 6.94 made 3’s per game compared to South Carolina at 6.81. Look for South Carolina to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Rebels.