Against The Spread Pick
This is an interesting clash between two 16-9 teams with legitimate NCAA Tournament hopes. Both squads are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games and it is worth noting that the Gamecocks have been especially strong on the road as they are 7-2 ATS this season in true road contests. South Carolina has also won three in a row and is 8-2 in its last 10 games as Frank martin has them playing his brand of tough basketball down the stretch. They allow just 66.3 ppg and it is that defensive strength which makes them the pick here as they will find a way to shut down the 6-foot-10 sophomore Reggie Perry Jr. who accounts for 17.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest as he leads the way for the Bulldogs. The Gamecocks might have enough to win this outright, but they will cover the spread.
Over Under Pick
This game is trending towards the over as the free scoring Bulldogs are playing a South Carolina team that they should be able to control in the paint. The Bulldogs have averaged an insane 83 points in their last four games and they have allowed at least 70 points in every game over that span. The Gamecocks offense has caught up with the defense – hence the winning run – and they have scored 70 or more in eight of their last 10 games. This is a contest that will go over the total, just as the Bulldogs have in eight of their previous nine games this season.