Auburn Tigers (13-4) vs South Carolina Gamecocks (9-8)Date : 01/22/2019
Time : 6:30 pm EST
Location : Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Auburn Tigers vs South Carolina Gamecocks
The 12th ranked Auburn Tigers will travel to Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina, in which to battle the South Carolina Gamecocks on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Gamecocks recently halted a momentum building 5 game winning streak as they allowed 89 points to a high-scoring LSU Tigers squad in Baton Rouge in their last time out while posting just 67 points on 43% shooting. Furthermore, the Gamecocks posted just 28 points at the conclusion of the first half while giving up 40 points or more in both halves to the Tigers en route to the loss.
The Auburn Tigers were also humbled in their last matchup versus the Kentucky Wildcats as the visitors were able to outlast them late in the game due to 20 points apiece from Keldon Johnson along with Tyler Herro as the Wildcats shot 54% from the floor during the contest. And while the Tigers rallied from an eight-point deficit at the half in which to outscore Kentucky 53-47 in the second half, the rally fell short in the end as Kentucky was able to seal the victory. Nonetheless, Bryce Brown went 6-7 from long range while leading Auburn with 28 points as he also collected three turnovers on the night.
Auburn Tigers's Latest Performance :
For the game versus the Wildcats, Auburn shot 46% from the floor while connecting on 13 of 30 three-point attempts on the night Indian matchup; However, the Tigers were also heavily outrebounded by Kentucky, as well. Bryce Brown, as stated, was amazing as he went 8-9 from the floor while going 6-7 from three-point range in the game with 20 points to lead Auburn. Also, Jarrod Harper finished with 17 points while also pulling down six rebounds for the Tigers in the loss.
On the other hand, Keldon Johnson along with Tyler Herro led Kentucky with 20 points each, as stated, as Kentucky remained in third place within the SEC with the win while the Tigers fell to the number seven spot within the conference. And while the Tigers are allowing teams to shoot just 45% from the floor on a nightly basis, they continue to put up huge numbers on the offensive end as they have scored 80 or more points in four of their last five outings, overall. The 82-point that the Auburn allowed to Kentucky in their last outing was the third time in their last six outings to where opponents posted 80 or more points. Of course, USC have certainly has their defense to rely on as they allow just 41% shooting to opponents on a nightly basis this season while their opponents are putting up 66 points per game in their last six games, overall.
South Carolina Gamecocks's Latest Performance :
The South Carolina Gamecocks certainly crash down to earth pretty hard in their last outing versus the LSU Tigers on the road as the Gamecocks shot horrible from the floor in putting up just 67 points for the game. Most importantly for the Gamecocks, was that their defense, that was allowing just 41% shooting from the floor on a nightly basis in this year’s campaign, was torched for 89 points in this contest as LSU shot just 42% from the night while also performing even worse from long range.
Nonetheless, as stated, the key to this game was the fact that LSU was able to shoot 35 free throws compared to just 14 for South Carolina throughout the duration of the contest. And furthermore, the Tigers ability to connect on 32 of these free throws was certainly very impressive. Nas Reed along with Emmitt Williams scored 15 points each to lead an LSU team that possessed six double-digit scores, total, for the game. AJ Lawson along with Keyshawn Bryant were the only two double-digit scorers for South Carolina as they ended the game with 18 and 10 points, respectively. Chris Silva went just 2-2 from the floor in this contest while finishing with seven points.
South Carolina will now return home, where they have won their last three games, overall, in which to face an Auburn team that would certainly be looking to get back onto the floor after their recent loss to the Kentucky Wildcats at home. Unfortunately, Auburn has dropped two of their last three road games entering this matchup.
How Auburn Tigers & South Carolina Gamecocks Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Auburn is 8 – 7 – 1 against the spread while the OU is 98.7
South Carolina is 6 – 10 against the spread while the OU is 10-4
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be an interesting ACC contest amongst two teams that will certainly be vying for a victory after less than stellar outings. On one hand, the South Carolina Gamecocks will return home, where they have been dominant lately, in which to get back to basics on the defensive end of the floor in attempting to lock down an explosive offense for Auburn that has looked unstoppable. On the other hand, while Auburn will certainly want to kick-start their offense early and often versus South Carolina, they will certainly look to assert themselves on the defensive end as well as they allowed 54% shooting to the Wildcats in their last time out.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Auburn Tigers
My reason for the pick :
While South Carolina has suddenly had a surge in scoring recently during their current winning streak, look for Auburn to regroup after they lost to Kentucky to pick up a close victory over at South Carolina team on Tuesday night. Of course, their ability to push the pace constantly in this matchup will certainly benefit them as they will catch the Gamecocks on its heels, more often than not. With that being the case, look for the Tigers to make some critical stops on the defensive end of the floor as well vs. a South Carolina taem that has labored at times on the offensive end, despite their fast start to the SEC Slate.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under during this matchup as while Auburn will certainly be wanting to come out and assert themselves defensively, this philosophy will also be the same for the South Carolina Gamecocks as their defensive has been the tip of the spear in their success. With that being the case, look for this game to be a very competitive yet a low-scoring contest amongst two teams that pride themselves on defense.
Betting trends for Auburn Tigers:
- The Gamecocks are 4-1 against the spread in last 5 games
- The over is 5 – 1 and Gamecocks last six games
Betting trends for South Carolina Gamecocks:
- The Tigers are 3-7 against the spread in last 10 games
- The over is 4-2 in Tigers last 6 games