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South Carolina vs Florida Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 25th Betting Odds

Gamecocks vs Gators Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: South Carolina Gamecocks at Florida Gators
  • Where: Gainesville at Exactech Arena
  • Date: Wednesday, January 25th
  • Betting Odds: South Carolina +17, SC +1190 | FL -3010 O/U 133.5

Gamecocks Preview:

South Carolina will take the floor against the Gators with an overall record of 8-11. So far, the Gamecocks have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 2-4. For the season, South Carolina has been the underdog in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 4-9. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Gamecocks being +17 point underdogs.

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Gregory Jackson II comes into today’s game as the Gamecocks’ leading scorer at 15.89 points per contest. Not only has II been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is South Carolina’s top rebounder at 6.68 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 12.41 points per game. Overall, he has hit 35.9% of his shots and is adding 4.24 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.

Gators Preview:

Florida heads into this matchup having played 19 games and have an overall record sitting at 11-8. So far this season, Florida has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-3. The Gators’ are sitting with a betting line that is -17 points in their favor. For the season, Florida has been favored to win in 14 games, sitting with a mark of 10-4.

Colin Castleton comes into today’s game as the Gators’ leading scorer at 14.84 points per contest. Not only has Castleton been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Florida’s top rebounder at 7.84 boards per contest. Behind Castleton, the team has benefited from the strong play of Will Richard, who is second on the team in scoring at 10.17 points per game. Overall, he has hit 48.8% of his shots and is adding 4.22 boards per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Florida this season, as they are currently ranked 212th in college basketball at 70.8 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 Gators’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.7%, placing them 437th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Florida Gators -17

Our analysis of the South Carolina Gamecocks vs Florida Gators game indicates that South Carolina will cover the spread as +17 point underdogs. We think the line for this matchup is too high, giving South Carolina an opportunity to cover. Even if they are behind throughout the game, the Gamecocks have a strong chance of keeping the final score closer than oddsmakers are anticipating. In these cases, the better team’s pace of play can play a significant role in covering such a large spread. However, since both teams have possession rates that are close to the NCAA average, South Carolina won’t have to play an unfamiliar style of basketball. Our model recommends betting on the South Carolina Gamecocks at +17.

 


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