South Carolina Gamecocks vs Tennessee Volunteers Prediction, 2/16/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: South Carolina Gamecocks vs Tennessee Volunteers
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Location: Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: South Carolina (+10)
The Tennessee Volunteers (14-5) play the South Carolina Gamecocks (5-9) at Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday. Tennessee opens this contest as 10-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 141.
South Carolina heads into this contest with a record of 5-9 so far this season. They turn the ball over 15.7 times per game and as a unit they are committing 19.6 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, South Carolina is grabbing 36.9 rebounds per contest and has 190 dimes so far this season, which is 265th in college basketball in terms of passing. The Gamecocks are connecting on 31.2% from downtown (101 of 324) and 65.1% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 74.1 points per outing (120th in Division 1) while going 42.5% from the floor. On the defensive end of the court, the Gamecocks are able to force 17.1 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.3 personal fouls. They are ranked 91st in the nation in giving up assists with 193 conceded for the year. The Gamecocks defense is giving up a FG percentage of 44.4% (356 of 801) and they concede 36.6 rebounds per contest as a team. They are giving up 34.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 297th in the country in PPG from their opponents (76.3).
The South Carolina Gamecocks stepped onto the hardwood against the Ole Miss Rebels and took a loss by a score of 81-74 in their last contest. South Carolina wrapped up the game with a 40.4% FG percentage (23 out of 57) and made 6 of their 18 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Gamecocks converted 22 of 29 attempts for a rate of 75.9%. With respect to hauling in boards, they compiled 29 with 10 of them being offensive. They also recorded 12 dimes for the contest as well as earning 14 steals and 3 blocks. When discussing defending, South Carolina allowed the other team to shoot 40.4% from the floor on 23 out of 57 shooting. Ole Miss earned 11 assists and had 11 steals in this contest. On top of that, the Rebels snagged 30 boards (7 offensive, 23 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Ole Miss finished 77.3% at the charity stripe by burying 34 of 44 attempts. They also converted 3 out of their 10 tries from beyond the perimeter.
A.J. Lawson is one guy who was a factor for this contest. He ended up finishing with 22 points on 6 out of 19 shooting. He was on the court for 36 minutes and also pulled down 7 boards. Lawson finished the contest at 31.6% from the floor and dished out 2 dimes. One more player that was a major factor in this matchup for the Gamecocks was Wildens Leveque. He pulled down 2 boards and also accumulated 2 dimes. He went 85.7% from the floor for this contest by going 6-of-7 (13 points). In all, Leveque played 18 minutes.
Tennessee has a win-loss record of 14-5 on the year. The Volunteers commit 16.5 fouls per game and they connect on 73.8% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 14.8 times per contest (89th in the country) and they cough up possession 11.8 times per game. Tennessee has earned 1,384 points for the season (72.8 per contest) and they snag 35.8 rebounds per game. As an offensive team, the Volunteers are shooting 44.6% from the floor, which is ranked 164th in the nation. The Volunteers on defense are ranked 15th in Division 1 in PPG given up with 61.7. The Tennessee defense allows 29.9% from downtown (115 of 385) and their opponents are knocking down 72.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They give up 10.0 dimes and 32.9 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks them 17th and 91st in those defensive categories. They have forced 15.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 40.2% from the floor (39th in the nation).
The last time they took the court, the Tennessee Volunteers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 78-65 when they faced the LSU Tigers. The Volunteers were able to pull down 22 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 33 for the matchup. They blocked 3 shots while getting 6 steals for this contest. The Tigers committed 15 personal fouls for this contest which got the Volunteers to the free throw line for a total of 17 attempts. They were able to bury 13 of them for a rate of 76.5%. In terms of shooting from 3-point land, Tennessee converted 8 out of 27 tries (29.6%). Overall, the Volunteers walked away from this one shooting 22 for 62 from the floor which gave them a rate of 35.5%. The Volunteers permitted the Tigers to convert 27 of their 52 tries from the field which left them with a rate of 51.9% in this matchup. They wrapped up this game 33.3% from 3-point land by connecting on 7 of 21 and finished the game at 17 of 18 at the free throw line (94.4%). When talking about cleaning the glass, Tennessee permitted LSU to collect 30 in total (4 on the offensive side).
Jaden Springer was important for the Volunteers for the game. He knocked down 6 of 14 for this contest for a rate of 42.9%, which had him sitting at 21 points. Springer grabbed 6 boards in his 37 mins and added 7 dimes for the game. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Tennessee was Santiago Vescovi. He notched 13 points in 13 minutes on the court via 4 out of 9 from the floor in this game. Vescovi walked away from this one going 44.4% from the floor while also contributing 2 dimes and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take South Carolina (+10)
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