Florida at South Carolina - 1/15/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Florida at South Carolina - 1/15/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina (10-5) vs Florida (9-6)

Game Info: Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 1:00 pm (Colonial Life Arena)

Betting Odds: South Carolina Gamecocks +3.5 -- Over/Under: 140 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Florida Gators and the South Carolina Gamecocks meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina. The Florida Gators have lost three consecutive basketball games, including a 64-58 loss to LSU. The South Carolina Gamecocks have lost two of the team's last three games played.

The Florida Gators are averaging 72.60 points a game on 42.45 percent shooting. Defensively, the Gators are allowing 63.40 points a contest on 43.93 percent shooting. Through 15 games played this season, Florida forward Colin Castleton is averaging 15.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.7 assists a contest. Gators guard Phlandrous Fleming Jr. is averaging 10.7 points and 3.5 rebounds. Florida Gators guard Tyree Appleby is averaging 9.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 3.5 assists a game. The Florida Gators are shooting 30.48 percent from three-point range and 70.06 percent from the free-throw line. It should also be noted that the Florida Gators are allowing opposing teams to shoot 30 percent from behind the arc.

The South Carolina Gamecocks are averaging 72.53 points a game on 43.91 percent shooting. On defense, the Gamecocks are allowing 67.33 points a contest on 38.73 percent shooting. Through 15 games played this season, South Carolina guard Erik Stevenson is averaging 11.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.6 assists a game. Gamecocks forward Wildens Leveque is averaging 9.7 points and 5.9 rebounds a contest. The South Carolina Gamecocks are shooting 32.08 percent from behind the arc and 64.66 percent from the free-throw line. Additionally, the Gamecocks are allowing opposing teams to shoot 26.58 percent from three-point range.

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The Florida Gators are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games played. The game total has gone over in 4 of Florida's last 6 games played. The Florida Gators are 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games played against South Carolina. The South Carolina Gamecocks are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games at home. The South Carolina Gamecocks are 2-11 SU in their last 13 games against an opponent in the Southeastern conference.

The Florida Gators began the season with a 6 game winning streak. However, the Gators were unable to sustain the team's hot start. The Gators have lost 6 of the team's last 9 games played. The South Carolina Gamecocks are not playing much better than Florida. The Gamecocks have lost 2 of the team's last 3 games. I think the South Carolina Gamecocks are competitive in this game and keep the game close down the stretch. I also think the Gamecocks have a chance to win this game straight up. I am backing the Gamecocks plus the 3.5 points. 

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Hans’s Pick South Carolina +3.5

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