South Carolina vs. LSU - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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LSU Tigers (18-8) at South Carolina Gamecocks (16-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Colonial Life Arena)
The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks -1 -- Over/Under: 156 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The LSU Tigers will travel to Colonial Life Arena to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The LSU Tigers lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 18-8 (9-4 SEC) on the season after being defeated by the 10th ranked Kentucky Wildcats, 79-76, this past Tuesday. LSU had no answers defensively against the Wildcats in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after Kentucky took a 64-52 lead with 5:47 left in regulation. LSU shot 47.5% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was Darius Days who had a double-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 steals.
On the season, LSU is averaging 80.6 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 31.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, LSU has been led by Skylar Mays (16.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.2 apg), Trendon Watford (13.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Javonte Smart (12.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.2 spg).
Defensively, LSU is allowing their opponents to average 80.6 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 7.2 and a turnover margin of -0.7.
The South Carolina Gamecocks has their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 16-10 (8-5 SEC) on the season after being defeated by the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 79-76, this past Wednesday. South Carolina didn’t have any answers for the Mississippi State offense and couldn’t fight after the Bulldogs took a 71-60 lead with just 2:26 left in regulation. South Carolina shot 48.3% from the field, however, allowed Mississippi State to shoot 50.0% from the field and 41.7% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Gamecocks was Maik Kotsar who had 24 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals.
On the season, South Carolina is averaging 71.5 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks are averaging 5.8 three-pointers per game on 31.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Carolina has been led by A.J. Lawson (13.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg), Jermaine Couisnard (12.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.8 apg), and Maik Kotsar (10.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.6 spg, 1.1 bpg).
Defensively, South Carolina is allowing their opponents to average 66.8 ppg on 38.7% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks have a rebound margin of 2.5 and a turnover margin of 2.3.
The Tigers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games, however, are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games on the road vs. South Carolina. The Gamecocks are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games and 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home.
LSU has lost 4 of their last 5 games however, the Tigers still have one of the more explosive offenses in College Basketball as LSU comes into this game ranked 9th in scoring offense, 23rd in FG%, and 16th in rebound margin.
South Carolina has been led by their defense which comes into this game ranked 102nd in scoring defense, 17th in defensive FG%, and 46th in turnover margin.
LSU is a dangerous team, however, I just haven’t seen a lot from the Tigers as of late, especially on the road in which the Tigers have lost their last three games which included a 99-90 loss at Vanderbilt. South Carolina has won 6 of their last 8 games and as I trust that their defense at home can give the LSU offense some trouble, I think the Gamecocks offense will do enough for them to pull out this win. I’m taking South Carolina to cover.