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South Carolina Gamecocks – March Madness Team Predictions, Odds and Preview 2017

South Carolina Gamecocks – March Madness Team Predictions, Odds and Preview 2017


South Carolina Gamecocks (Overall: 22-10, Conf: 12-6)


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Team Strengths:

For the first time since 2004, South Carolina is going to the Big Dance. The Gamecocks secured that coveted berth in the national tournament thanks mainly to their exceptional defense. They are 29th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 64.5 points per game this season. The Gamecocks are even better when it comes to adjusted defensive efficiency with South Carolina surrendering just 88.5 points per 100 possessions. That’s third-best in the NCAA this campaign. The Gamecocks (+20,000) will need that defense to shine through if they are to win their first NCAA Tournament game since 1973.

Team Weaknesses:

South Carolina’s defense may be excellent but the same can’t be said about the Gamecocks’ floundering offense. They’re averaging just 72.1 points per game this season, 201st in the entire nation. Their shooting percentages have been among the lowest in the NCAA with the Gamecocks nailing just 33.8 percent of their outside attempts and 69.0 percent of their free throws. Much of the burden when it comes to scoring lies with guard Sindarius Thornwell. The senior guard has been phenomenal for South Carolina, averaging 21.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this season.

Team Stats:

Category Stat Rank
Points Per Game 72.1 201
Rebounds Per Game 36.3 145
Assists Per Game 12.6 238
3-Point Percentage 33.8 237
Free Throw Percentage 69.0 215

Starting Lineup:

Position Name PPG
F Chris Silva 9.8
G Duane Notice 10.1
G Sindarius Thornwell 21.0
G Hassani Gravett 3.6
G PJ Dozier 13.6

Writer’s Prediction:

South Carolina (+20,000) exits in the second round.

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