The Tennessee Volunteers have been on a level of their own in the SEC, with no team in the league touching them so far. This coming Wednesday, the South Carolina Gamecocks will get their turn in trying to put a stop to the Vols’ dominance. Going into the game current NCAA Futures price Tennessee at +700 to win the NCAA Championship, behind Duke, Gonzaga, and Virginia. South Carolina on the other hand, is way (way) down the totem pole with +50,000 odds to pull together a miracle as we aim for March. Read a preview of this game in Knoxville below, where the sportsbook favors the home squad with a 15-point spread.
Betting Preview for the South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Tennessee Volunteers College Basketball Game on February 13 2019
Where: Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville
When: Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 6:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the South Carolina Gamecocks (12-11 Overall / 7-3 Conference)
After a crushing 76-48 loss in Lexington to the Kentucky Wildcats, Frank Martin’s boys bounced back and recovered their moxie with a 77-65 home win over the Arkansas Razorbacks last Saturday. The Gamecocks rattled Arkansas’ offense, as they held the Razorbacks to only 38.6 percent shooting from the field. Conversely, South Carolina shot with ease, converting 54.2 percent of their shots, while also nailing 10 of their 3-point attempts. That was a stark contrast to the 40.4 percent shooting they had in a home loss to Tennessee back in January. Despite that loss, Gamecocks forward Chris Silva was able to show why he’s among the best in the conference, as he dropped 28 points on the Vols. A bulk of his points were from the free throw line, where he went 12-for-16, a sign that Tennessee struggled mightily to defend against him. Silva will need help, though, especially from A.J. Lawson and Hassani Gravett, who combined for only 13 points in the first meeting with Tennessee.
South Carolina is 7-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last 10 conference games.
Betting on the Tennessee Volunteers (22-1 Overall / 10-0 Conference)
Tennessee remains undefeated in conference play, after sending the Florida Gators crashing into the ground in a 73-61 home win. Florida presented a tough challenge defensively for the Vols, but Tennessee simply proved that it’s better as a team and more talented individually than the Gators. Grant Williams generated 16 easy points on 7-for-11 shooting, while Admiral Schofield had 14 points. Under most circumstances, the Volunteer, Williams and Schofield are all the team needs to repulse their opponents, but guard Jordan Bone is also starting to make it a three-man party in Knoxville. Bone, who scored 11 points against Florida, has averaged 14.5 points and 7.7 assists over the Vols’ last four games. South Carolina knows all of those because Williams and Schofield scored 23 and 24 points, respectively, in the most recent game against the Gamecocks, while Bone had 19 points and nine dimes in that contest.
Tennessee is 13-8 against the spread (ATS) in games after a win.
Tennessee wins, 88-69.
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