Liberty Flames vs South Carolina Gamecocks Prediction, 11/28/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Liberty Flames vs South Carolina Gamecocks
Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020
Location: T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, MO
TV: ESPN News
Odds/Point Spread: Liberty (+9)
The South Carolina Gamecocks (18-13 last year) play the Liberty Flames (30-4 last season) at T-Mobile Center on Saturday. The spread on this game has South Carolina as 9-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 140.5.
Liberty will enter this matchup after finishing with a win-loss mark of 30-4 last year. The Flames shot 36.6% on shots from distance (260 of 711) and 71.3% from the charity stripe. They averaged 68.6 points per outing (252nd in D-1) while shooting 47.9% from the field. They turned it over 9.4 times per game and as a squad committed 13.4 fouls every game. As a unit, Liberty snagged 33.3 rebounds per contest and had 446 dimes over the course of last year, which was 94th in college basketball in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end of the court, the Flames were able to force their opponents into 12.0 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 16.1 personal fouls. The Flames defensively allowed an opponent FG percentage of 38.7% (657 of 1,697) and they surrendered 29.3 rebounds per contest as a unit. They were ranked 7th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 294 surrendered throughout last year. They conceded 29.2% from beyond the arc and they ranked 2nd in college hoops in points per game allowed (53.8).
The Liberty Flames faced off with the Mississippi State Bulldogs and notched a win by a score of 84-73 in their last game. Liberty walked away from the game with a 52.8% field goal percentage (28 out of 53) and converted 19 of their 39 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Flames made 9 of their 14 shots for a percentage of 64.3%. With regard to pulling down boards, they compiled 17 with 5 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 22 dimes in this contest as well as having 3 steals and 3 blocks. In regard to defense, Liberty allowed the other team to go 52.8% from the field on 28 out of 53. Mississippi State doled out 17 assists and 3 steals for the matchup. Additionally, the Bulldogs grabbed 29 rebounds (8 offensive, 21 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Mississippi State ended up shooting 78.9% at the charity stripe by making 15 of their 19 attempts. They also knocked down 4 of 10 attempts from 3-point range.
Chris Parker is one player who saw a lot of minutes in this game. He ended up with 10 points on 3 out of 8 shooting. He played 36 mins played and also totaled 3 rebounds. Parker finished 37.5% from the floor and also earned 10 dimes. Someone else that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Flames was Darius McGhee. He collected 3 boards and also tallied 3 assists. He went 66.7% from the floor in this matchup via 8-of-12 (23 points). Overall, McGhee was on the hardwood for 35 min.
South Carolina had a win-loss mark of 18-13 last year. South Carolina totaled 2,275 points last year (73.4 per game) and they collected 37.4 boards per contest. On the offensive side of the court, the Gamecocks shot 44.0% from the floor, which ranked them 166th in the nation. The Gamecocks committed 23.3 fouls per contest and they hit 62.8% from the charity stripe. They got an assist 14.4 times per game (79th in the nation) and they turned it over 13.1 times per game. The Gamecocks defensively were ranked 184th in Division 1 in PPG given up with 69.5. They relinquished 11.5 dimes and 35.4 boards per game, which ranked them 90th and 211th in D-1. The South Carolina defense surrendered 29.6% from downtown (197 of 665) and their opposition made 73.0% of their free throw attempts. They forced their opponents into 15.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and let teams shoot 39.3% from the floor (18th in D-1).
When they last stepped on the court, the South Carolina Gamecocks walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 83-74 when they faced the Vanderbilt Commodores. The Gamecocks snagged 22 defensive boards and 12 offensive rebounds totaling 34 in this game. They also rejected 6 shots while getting 8 steals for this contest. The Commodores earned 23 fouls in the matchup which took the Gamecocks to the charity stripe for 25 shots. They were able to bury 19 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 76.0%. With regard to shots from beyond the arc, South Carolina converted 1 out of 13 tries (7.7%). Overall, the Gamecocks finished shooting 27 out of 62 from the field which gave them a rate of 43.5%. The Gamecocks permitted the Commodores to convert 23 of 54 tries from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 42.6% for the game. They finished shooting 24.0% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 6 out of 25 and walked away from this one shooting 31 of 40 from the charity stripe (77.5%). In the matter of team rebounding, South Carolina permitted Vanderbilt to snag 34 in total (10 on the offensive glass).
Maik Kotsar ended up having an impact for the Gamecocks for this game. He converted 4 of 11 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 36.4%, which got him 8 points. Kotsar pulled down 5 rebounds in his 32 mins played and earned 4 dimes in the matchup. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for South Carolina was Keyshawn Bryant. He racked up 13 points in 29 minutes played by way of 4 out of 7 shooting for this game. Bryant finished going 57.1% from the field as well as contributing 2 assists and 7 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Liberty (+9)
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