South Carolina at Tennessee: 2/16/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Tennessee Volunteers (14-5) vs South Carolina Gamecocks (5-9)
Game Info: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 8:30 pm (Thompson-Boling Arena)
Betting Odds: Tennessee Volunteers -11 -- Over/Under: 141 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The South Carolina Gamecocks will travel to Thompson-Boling Arena to take on the 19th ranked Tennessee Volunteers this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The South Carolina Gamecocks lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 5-9 on the season after being defeated by the Ole Miss Rebels, 81-74, this past Saturday. South Carolina struggled once again defensively and could not fight back after the Rebels took a 63-47 lead with 8:53 left in regulation. South Carolina shot 40.4% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc while Ole Miss shot 50.0% from the field and 30.0% from beyond the arc. South Carolina outrebounded Ole Miss by a 31-30 margin, however, committed 19 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Gamecocks was AJ Lawson who had 22 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, & 2 steals.
On the season, South Carolina is averaging 74.1 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 31.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Carolina has been led by AJ Lawson (17.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.6 spg), Keyshawn Bryant (14.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.0 bpg), Jermaine Couisnard (9.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.4 spg), & Justin Minaya (8.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.9 apg).
Defensively, South Carolina is allowing their opponents to average 76.3 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks have a rebound margin of 0.4 and a turnover margin of 1.4.
The 19th ranked Tennessee Volunteers had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped o 14-5 on the season after being defeated by the LSU Tigers, 78-65, this past Saturday. Tennessee had no answers on either end of the court for LSU and could not fight back after LSU took a 68-51 lead with 5:17 left in regulation. Tennessee shot 35.5% from the field and 29.6% from beyond the arc while LSU shot 51.9% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc. Tennessee outrebounded LSU by a 36-32 margin and committed 11 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Volunteers was Jaden Springer who had 21 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, & 1 block.
On the season, Tennessee is averaging 72.8 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Volunteers are averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game on 34.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Tennessee has been led by Jaden Springer (12.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.1 spg), Keon Johnson (10.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.0 spg), John Fulkerson (9.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), & Santiago Vescovi (9.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.2 spg).
Defensively, Tennessee is holding their opponents to an average of 61.7 ppg on 40.2% shooting from the field. The Volunteers have a rebound margin of 2.9 and a turnover margin of 4.0.
The Gamecocks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 road games following three or more consecutive home games. The Volunteers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record, however, are just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games.
Tennessee is a tough team to play at home, however, I am just not encouraged by what I have seen from the Volunteers as of late, especially on the offensive end where they were only able to put up 65 points against a poor LSU defense. South Carolina has had plenty of trouble on the defensive end as of late, however, this is a team that can score the basketball and generate turnovers, and as the Gamecocks showed recently that they can go into a tough road environment (Florida) and get a win, I think South Carolina does enough to keep this within single digits and cover with the points. Good Luck!