Arkansas vs. South Carolina - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Arkansas vs. South Carolina - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Arkansas Razorbacks (20-12) vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (18-13)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 8:30 pm (Bridgestone Arena)

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The Arkansas Razorbacks are set for a tilt with the South Carolina Gamecocks.  The Razorbacks are (20-12), coming off a 86-73 win over Vanderbilt. The Gamecocks are (18-13), after falling to Vanderbilt to end the regular season, 83-74.

In the Razorbacks win over Vanderbilt, Arkansas was guided throughout the game by Mason Jones.  Jones recorded 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. Arakansas converted on 49 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from 3-point range.  The Razorbacks out scored Vanderbilt 24 to 21 from the foul line. The Razorbacks out scored Vanderbilt from distance, 36 to 18. Arkansas saw its largest lead at 20 points.

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The Razorbacks have been carried on offense by Jones this year.  Jones is totaling 22 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per contest.  Isaiah Joe is registering 16.8 points, while collecting 1.5 steals. Arkansas is scoring 75.5 points per game and sinking 72.9 percent from the foul line on the season.

In the Gamecocks loss to Vanderbilt, South Carolina was led on offense by Keyshawn Bryant.  Bryant recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds. South Carolina connected on 43.5 percent from the floor and 7.7 percent from distance.  The Gamecocks committed an absurd 30 fouls, sending Vanderbilt to the foul line 40 times. South Carolina was out scored from the charity stripe, 31 to 19, which proved to be the difference.  The Gamecocks led 35-33 at the half.

A.J. Lawson is averaging 13.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game for the Gamecocks.  Jermaine Couisnard is registering 12.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. South Carolina is totaling 73.4 points per contest, while connecting on 44 percent from the floor.  

Recent Betting Trends:

Arkansas is 15-16 ATS on the season.

Arkansas is 3-7 AST in their last 10 games.

The over is 18-12-1 in Arkansas’ games.

South Carolina is 17-14 ATS on the season.

South Carolina is 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games.

The over is 18-11-2 in South Carolina’s games.

The Gamecocks ended the regular season on a bad note, with the loss to Vanderbilt.  Meanwhile, Arkansas just beat Vanderbilt to get to this round.  South Carolina has played solid defense for the most part all season, having the 18th best field goal percent defense, while having the 21st best 3-point defense.  The reason South Carolina ranks 184th in scoring defense, because of their fouls.  The Gamecocks rank 344th in most penalties committed on defense.  In games that South Carolina was not expected to win, the Gamecocks came out and proved people wrong. An example would be their road win at Virginia and win over Kentucky.  I'm taking coach Frank Martin and the Gamecocks, as I believe coach Martin will have his team up for the task.  Final score prediction, South Carolina will outright win, 72-68.  

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