Arkansas Razorbacks vs South Carolina Gamecocks Prediction, 3/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Arkansas Razorbacks vs South Carolina Gamecocks
Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Location: Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC
Odds/Point Spread: Arkansas (-8)
Colonial Life Arena is the venue where and the South Carolina Gamecocks (6-12) will take on the Arkansas Razorbacks (19-5) on Tuesday. Arkansas opens this matchup as 8-point favorites. The total is set at 154.5.
Arkansas will enter this game with a win-loss record of 19-5 on the year. The Razorbacks are shooting 33.6% on shots from beyond the arc (185 of 551) and 73.8% from the free throw line. They have an average of 82.4 points per outing (12th in college basketball) while connecting on 45.0% from the field. They are giving up possession 12.8 times per contest and as a group they are committing 17.0 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Arkansas is collecting 40.5 boards per contest and has totaled 358 assists for the season, which is 37th in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. When they are on the defensive end, the Razorbacks are able to force 15.2 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.0 fouls. The Razorbacks defensively are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 41.2% (604 of 1,465) and they surrender 35.8 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are ranked 214th in college hoops in allowing assists with 285 relinquished on the year. They are surrendering 31.9% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 182nd in college hoops in points per game allowed (70.2).
The Arkansas Razorbacks stepped onto the hardwood against the LSU Tigers and walked away with a win by a score of 83-75 in their last game. Arkansas ended the contest having earned a 43.5% field goal percentage (27 out of 62) and made 6 of 20 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Razorbacks made 23 of 31 tries for a rate of 74.2%. When discussing grabbing rebounds, they earned 42 with 8 of them being offensive. They also distributed 17 assists for the matchup while forcing the other team into 8 turnovers and getting 7 steals. Concerning defense, Arkansas allowed the other team to shoot 39.5% from the floor on 30 of 76 shooting. LSU recorded 13 dimes and had 2 steals for this game. Furthurmore, LSU had 37 boards (10 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 4 blocks. LSU finished the game at 50.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 6 of 12 attempts. They also knocked down 9 of their 28 tries from distance.
Justin Smith is a guy who was a major contributor in this contest. He ended up scoring 19 points on 8 of 12 shooting. He saw the court for 38 mins played and also pulled down 10 rebounds. Smith ended up going 66.7% from the field and also earned 1 assist. One more player that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Razorbacks was Moses Moody. He collected 8 rebounds in 36 min played on the night. He finished the game shooting 21.4% from the floor in this game by shooting 3-of-14 (18 points). At the conclusion of this game, Moody had 5 assists.
South Carolina has a mark of 6-12 this season. South Carolina has scored 1,327 points on the season (73.7 per contest) and they average 36.0 boards per game. The Gamecocks have committed 19.6 personal fouls every game and they hit 66.1% from the charity stripe. As an offensive unit, the Gamecocks are hitting on 42.2% from the floor, which has them ranked 278th in the nation. They are earning an assist 13.5 times per game (155th in the nation) and they lose possession via turnover 15.1 times per contest. The Gamecocks on defense are ranked 317th in the country in points per game surrendered with 77.4. They are forcing their opponents into 16.9 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 45.4% from the floor (266th in college basketball). The South Carolina defense surrenders 35.4% on three-point shots (134 of 379) and their opponents are knocking down 75.6% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 14.6 assists and 37.2 boards on a nightly basis, ranking them 283rd and 279th in college hoops.
When they last stepped on the court, the South Carolina Gamecocks took home the win by a final score of 91-70 when they played the Georgia Bulldogs. The Gamecocks were able to pull down 30 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 38 in the matchup. They turned the ball over 13 times, while recording 15 steals for this contest. The Bulldogs earned 14 fouls in this matchup which took the Gamecocks to the charity stripe for a total of 13 attempts. They were able to make 7 of the free throws for a percentage of 53.8%. Regarding shots from beyond the perimeter, South Carolina buried 10 out of their 23 attempts (43.5%). Overall, the Gamecocks ended up shooting 37 for 69 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 53.6%. The Gamecocks allowed the Bulldogs to bury 22 of their 60 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 36.7% in the matchup. They finished the game shooting 33.3% from behind the 3-point line by going 7 of 21 and walked away from this one shooting 19 of 27 at the charity stripe (70.4%). When talking about cleaning up the glass, South Carolina permitted Georgia to get 36 in all (9 on the offensive side).
Keyshawn Bryant ended up being a factor for the Gamecocks in the game. He buried 7 of 10 in this game for a field goal percentage of 70.0%, and had 7 rebounds. Bryant had 17 points in his 28 minutes on the court and accounted for 4 dimes in this contest. One more player who came through for South Carolina was A.J. Lawson. He finished with 1 assist in 31 mins played, and he put in 4 of 11 from the floor. Lawson ended the game having shot 36.4% from the floor in addition to contributing 11 points and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Arkansas (-8)
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