Missouri Tigers (9-4) vs South Carolina Gamecocks (7-7)Date : 01/12/2019
Time : 1:00 pm EST
Location : Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Missouri Tigers vs South Carolina Gamecocks
The Missouri Tigers will travel to Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina, to battle the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time for an SEC basketball showdown. The South Carolina Gamecocks enter this contest winners of three straight games after they have erected themselves from a four-game losing skid prior as they were able to pick up a huge home win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs in their last outing. And while the struggling offense for the Gamecocks was able to only shoot 40% from the floor during this contest while connecting on just eight of 23 attempts from three-point range, the Gamecocks heavily outrebounded the Mississippi State Bulldogs while taking advantage of a whopping 16 turnovers from a high-powered scoring attack for the Bulldogs, that converted on just 45% of their shots on the night.
On the other hand, the Missouri Tigers enter this matchup halting a six-game winning streak as they fell at home to the Tennessee Volunteers in what was an exciting match-up throughout, particularly if you are a Volunteers fan. The road team obtained an 11-point lead at the break while also outscoring the Missouri Tigers 45 – 32 in the second half en route to the easy victory behind 53% shooting from the floor along with receiving a huge lift off the bench from Jordan Bowman, who ended the game with 20 points in the victory.
Missouri Tigers's Latest Performance :
As stated, the Missouri Tigers have prided themselves on a defensive end of the floor in 2018 as they are allowing only 43% shooting from the floor to opponents on a nightly basis, as pointed out. Nonetheless, versus the Tennessee Volunteers, the Tigers defense was nonexistent as the Volunteers were able to shoot at a 54% clip on the night while making good on 9 of 18 3-point attempts as Bowman came off the bench in which to provide much-needed momentum to the road team. On the other hand, Jordan Bone along with Admiral Schofield also chipped in 17 and 16 points respectively, for Tennessee in the victory as the road team was able to outrebound Missouri by a margin of 36-24 for the game while also capitalizing off 14 turnovers throughout the contest.
Free throw shooting was also essential in this matchup as Tennessee hit 18 of 21 for the night while the Tigers were a bit less accurate in going 13-21 for the contest. The only two double-digit scorers for the Tigers on the night was Xavier Pinson along with Jordan Geist, who chipped in 14 and 12 points. On the other hand, their leading scorer for the season in Geist went just 3-10 from the floor while going 2-8 from long range on the night.
The Missouri Tigers simply did not have it versus the Tennessee Volunteers and will seek to right the ship versus a South Carolina team that aas not only stepped it up on the offensive end lately, in which to compliment their overall defensive prowess, but, are winners of three of their last five games at Colonial Life Arena, altogether.
South Carolina Gamecocks's Latest Performance :
And while the offense for South Carolina has been a big stagnant all season, they have certainly come to life in their last three outings as they are not only winners of each of those contests, but, have also scored 80 points or more into of those three outings, overall. Of course, the Gamecocks certainly benefited from forcing 16 turnovers on the night versus a high scoring Mississippi State Bulldogs squad at home in their last outing while they were able to put up 81 shots for the game compared to just 64 for the Bulldogs.
Nonetheless, Mississippi State was able to shoot 45% from the floor on the night while South Carolina was relegated to just 40% shooting from the floor. The Bulldogs were able to connect on 11 3-pointers compared to just eight for the Gamecocks; Nonetheless, South Carolina heavily outrebounded Mississippi State in this contest, as stated, while also hitting some critical buckets down the stretch in which to seize control of the game and obtain yet another conference victory.
They now find themselves within third place in the SEC Conference behind the Tennessee Volunteers as well as the Mississippi Rebels. They will certainly be looking to keep their offense flowing versus a Missouri team team that continues to rank as one of the best defensive units in the nation in allowing just 65 points per game on 43% shooting from the floor. Of course, the Tigers will also be looking to atone for a lackluster defensive performance versus the Tennessee Volunteers in their last outing.
How Missouri Tigers & South Carolina Gamecocks Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Missouri is 6 – 6-1 against the spread while the OU is 6 – 6
South Carolina is 4 – 9 against the spread while the OU is 9 – 3
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be an interesting and exciting SEC contest on Saturday afternoon as Missouri will be looking to atone for their at last loss to the Tennessee Volunteers while South Carolina will certainly look to build off the momentum of taming a high-scoring Mississippi State offense in their last exciting victory. One should certainly expect a highly competitive matchup amongst these two squads as their defenses will certainly be the tip of the spear in their success, as it has been all season.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: South Carolina Gamecocks
My reason for the pick :
I happen to believe that South Carolina is simply the better team at the moment and will come out with an all-important SEC victory in this contest on Saturday afternoon over the Missouri Tigers. Also, the Tigers are losers of two of their last three road games, overall, and will certainly find it difficult looking to find scoring opportunities versus a South Carolina defense that ranks as one of the most solid and aggressive in the nation’s. In all, expect the Gamecocks to hit some critical buckets down the stretch while neutralizing an already inconsistent offense for Missouri in this contest while picking up the much-needed victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
While the over has been the play in the majority of games for both these teams, I will back the under in this contest simply due to the fact that both defenses will be looking to establish themselves early and often in which to obtain an advantage throughout this matchup. In other words, both teams will utilize their defenses in which two allow for more efficient offensive opportunities in this contest. With that being said, one should certainly expect both teams to put some points on the board, however, the total will not surpass its set limit as this contest will be a primarily defensive-oriented contest throughout.
Betting trends for Missouri Tigers:
- The Tigers are 3-1 against the spread in last 4 games
- The over is 6 – 4 in Tigers last 10 games
Betting trends for South Carolina Gamecocks:
- The Gamecocks are 3-5 against the spread in last 8 games
- The over is 4 – 1 and Gamecocks last 5 games