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Tennessee vs South Carolina Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds
Volunteers vs Gamecocks Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Tennessee Volunteers at South Carolina Gamecocks
- Where: Columbia at Colonial Life Arena
- Date: Saturday, January 7th
- Betting Odds: Tennessee -17, TENN -3034 | SC +1193 O/U 126.5
Through 14 games, the Tennessee Volunteers have an overall record of 12-2. So far, the Volunteers have played 3 games on the road, with a record of 2-1. This season, Tennessee has been favored to win in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 12-1. For today’s contest, Tennessee has a betting line set -17 points in their favor.
Tennessee’s leading scorer this season is Olivier Nkamhoua, who is averaging 11.36 points per contest. So far, Nkamhoua has accounted for 15.2% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.57 rebounds per game and 2.64 assists. Santiago Vescovi is the second leading scorer for the Volunteers, averaging 12.83 points per game. Between him and Vescovi, they are accounting for 29.9% of the team’s scoring.
On offense, Tennessee comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 490th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Volunteers’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.2 points per game. So far, 40.63% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 35.8%.
South Carolina will take the floor against the Volunteers with an overall record of 7-7. So far this season, South Carolina has played 9 games at home, sitting with a record of 6-3. For the season, South Carolina has been the underdog in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 3-5. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Gamecocks being +17 point underdogs.
Gregory Jackson II comes into today’s game as the Gamecocks’ leading scorer at 16.86 points per contest. Not only has II been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is South Carolina’s top rebounder at 7.5 boards per contest. Behind II, the team has benefited from the strong play of Hayden Brown, who is second on the team in scoring at 11.57 points per game. Overall, he has hit 41.4% of his shots and is adding 5.36 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: Tennessee Volunteers -17
While examining this matchup between the Tennessee Volunteers and the South Carolina Gamecocks, we recommend grabbing Tennessee to come out on top and cover the spread. The oddsmakers have Tennessee as the heavy favorite with a point spread of -17. Not only do we like the Tennessee’s historical performance as the favorite, as they are 2-3 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 Tennessee and South Carolina are near the NCAA average in possessions per game. Before tip-off, go ahead and place your bet on the Tennessee to win and cover the spread.