South carolina Gamecocks (9-7) vs LSU Tigers (13-3)Date : 01/19/2019
Time : 6:00 pm EST
Location : Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
South carolina Gamecocks vs LSU Tigers
The South Carolina Gamecocks will visit Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in which to face the surging LSU Tigers on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. LSU enters this matchup winners of six straight games as they were victorious over the Mississippi Rebels on the road in their last outing as the Tigers were able to break open a 31-all tie at the halftime break in which to outscore the home team 52-38 in the second half behind 47% shooting both from the field as well as from three-point range while also getting 21 points along with nine assists from leading scorer for the year, Tremont Waters.
On the other hand, the South Carolina Gamecocks also enter this matchup on a winning streak as they have won five in a row, with their last being a victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores in a close game throughout. And while the Commodores went up by 10 at the break in this contest, the Gamecocks were able to outscore them by 13 in the second half behind 24 points from AJ Lawson along with 17 from Hassani Gravett en route to the huge conference victory.
South carolina Gamecocks's Latest Performance :
In fact, after a four-game losing streak, South Carolina has improved on the offensive end in putting up 80 or more points in three of their last five games while their defense has allowed opponents to average 77 points. And despite allowing 45% shooting to the Commodores in their last outing while also out shooting the Gamecocks from three-point range in going 7-21 for the night, the Gamecocks outshot Vanderbilt from the free throw line on the night while also outrebounding them as well. Furthermore, South Carolina was able to capitalize on 14 turnovers in the victory as well.
Look for USC to make this a physical matchup from the start as they will look to limit offensive opportunities for a dangerous offensive squad in the Tigers. In all, the Gamecocks enter this game winners of their last two road games, overall, while the Tigers have certainly been very dominant on their home court, as well, as one could imagine.
LSU Tigers 's Latest Performance :
LSU enters this matchup versus a tough South Carolina Gamecocks team clicking on both ends of the floor as their offense continues to put up huge numbers while their defense, despite a few setbacks here and there, continues to remain consistent as well as opponents are shooting just 42% from the floor on the year. LSU’s defense actually out-did themselves versus the Mississippi Rebels on the road in their last outing as the home team was able to shoot just 40% from the floor while connecting on just eight of 28 3-point attempts as Terrance Davis led the team with 21 points while also pulling down 10 rebounds in the contest.
Nonetheless, on the other hand, LSU outscored the home team by 14 points in the second half while ending the game shooting 47% from the floor, as pointed out, while also going 9 – 19 from 3-point range with Tremont Waters leading the way with 21 points while Skylar Mays also chipped in 14 points as he went 3-7 from three-point range.
LSU is indeed a high scoring team in 2018-19 as they have scored at least 80 points in each of the last four outings, overall. On the other hand, their defense has been stellar as well as they are allowing an average of 75 points to their opponents. Of course, their defensive effort could always get better, moving forward; However, with an offense that continues to set the nets on fire, there can be room for a bit of error from time to time on the defensive end. Nonetheless, they seek to continue their winning ways versus a Gamecock squad that picked up a huge win on the road versus the Vanderbilt Commodores in their last time out.
How South carolina Gamecocks & LSU Tigers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
South Carolina is 6 – 9 ATS while the OU is 10-4
LSU is 8 – 7 – 1 ATS while the OU is 8 – 7
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be a heavyweight matchup for the SEC when the South Carolina Gamecocks travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to face a surging LSU squad on Saturday. One can certainly expect an up-and-down contest in this matchup, however, look for both teams to also assert themselves on the defensive end of the floor as well as they are fully aware that the offenses that will be taking the floor on this day can certainly be dangerous. The Gamecocks have received huge contributions from players such as AJ Lawson, who scored 24 points in their outing versus the Commodores, along with Hassani Gravett, who continues to prove his value to the team on a nightly basis. Nonetheless, LSU happens to be undefeated in the last five home games, overall, as the average win was by 20 points.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: South Carolina Gamecocks
My reason for the pick :
While I have no doubt that LSU will bring their A-game for this contest, I will back the South Carolina Gamecocks to win this contest on Saturday as they have a knack for hunkering down on the defensive end in which two keep the game manageable and tight throughout. Look for this philosophy to certainly do them well in this contest vs LSU as they will neutralize a high-scoring offense for the Tigers while the USC offense will hit some critical shots throughout the game in which to not allow the Tigers to achieve any type of momentum. In all, look for South Carolina to grind out yet another all-important victory, which will be their third straight road win, over an LSU Tigers team that will become a victim of an aggressive, tough defense for the Gamecocks in the end.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
With the way in which the offenses have performed recently, the over has been the play in the majority of games for both these teams that will be taking the court on Saturday. However, I must side with the under in this contest as South Carolina is, in my opinion, one of the better defensive teams in the country and will do a solid job versus LSU in this contest in limiting offensive opportunities. With that being the case, look for LSU to also perform solidly on the defensive end as well, yet South Carolina will maintain their resilience throughout the game, particularly late in the contest, in which to pull out a slim victory due to their ability to convert on the offensive end. Nonetheless, one should look for a very competitive matchup amongst these two squads as the score will remain low throughout.
Betting trends for South carolina Gamecocks:
- The Gamecocks are 5-2 against the spread in last 7 games
- The over is 4 – 1 in Gamecocks last 5 games
Betting trends for LSU Tigers :
- The Tigers of 5-1 against the spread in last 6 games
- The over is 3-1 in Tigers last four games