Auburn Tigers vs South Carolina Gamecocks Prediction, 1/4/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Auburn Tigers vs South Carolina Gamecocks
Date: Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Location: Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC
The Auburn Tigers (12-1) are on their way to Colonial Life Arena on Tuesday where they will attempt to defeat the South Carolina Gamecocks (9-3).
The Auburn Tigers faced off with LSU and went home with a win by a final score of 70-55 in their last contest. With respect to fouls, the Tigers finished with 20 while LSU had 21 fouls. They made 6 out of their 29 attempts from beyond the perimeter. LSU finished 65.0% when shooting free throws by burying 13 of 20 attempts. In addition, LSU totaled 29 boards (9 offensive, 20 defensive), but didn't notch a block. LSU distributed 5 assists and had 9 steals in the game. In reference to defending, Auburn allowed their opponent to shoot 28.6% from the field on 18 of 63 shooting. They also distributed 11 assists for the matchup in addition to forcing the opposition into 17 turnovers and earning 10 steals. Concerning grabbing boards, they collected a total of 37 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. At the charity stripe, the Tigers converted 17 of their 26 shots for a rate of 65.4%. Auburn walked away from the game having earned a 43.4% field goal percentage (23 out of 53) and made 7 of 23 3-pointers.
Walker Kessler is one player who was a contributor for this contest. He ended up going 75.0% from the field and also recorded 1 assist. He was on the court for 29 minutes and also grabbed 9 rebounds. He ended up with 16 points on 6 of 8 shooting.
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Auburn heads into this one with a win-loss record of 12-1 on the campaign. They are averaging 80.2 points per game (31st in Division 1) while hitting 44.4% from the floor. The Tigers are connecting on 34.6% on shots from beyond the arc (122 of 353) and 71.0% from the free throw line. As a team, Auburn is pulling in 40.0 rebounds per game and has totaled 202 assists so far this year, which has them ranked 74th in Division 1 in terms of passing. They are turning it over 11.5 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 18.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
When they are on defense, the Tigers are forcing their opponents into 16.6 turnovers per game while drawing 16.5 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 70th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 134 relinquished for the year. The Tigers defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 37.8% (286 of 756) and they relinquish 36.5 rebounds per contest as a team. They are giving up 31.0% on 3-pointers and they rank 87th in the country in PPG allowed (64.2).
When they last played, the South Carolina Gamecocks walked away with a victory by a final of 105-75 when they played Army. The Gamecocks were able to collect 23 defensive boards and 13 offensive rebounds totaling 36 in the game. They also coughed up the ball 15 times, while recording 10 steals in this game. Army earned 20 personal fouls in this matchup which got the Gamecocks to the charity stripe for a total of 21 tries. They were able to knock down 15 of those for a clip of 71.4%. In regard to shots from beyond the arc, South Carolina buried 8 of their 15 attempts (53.3%). When this game wrapped up, the Gamecocks finished shooting 41 for 70 from the floor which had them shooting 58.6%. The Gamecocks permitted Army to bury 29 of 72 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 40.3% in the game. They finished shooting 50.0% from 3-point land by shooting 9 of 18 and finished the game at 8 out of 16 from the free throw line (50.0%). Regarding rebounding, South Carolina allowed Army to grab 33 in total (17 on the offensive side).
Devin Carter pitched in for the Gamecocks in this contest. He earned 22 points in his 25 minutes on the hardwood and tallied 2 assists in the matchup. He converted 8 out of 13 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 61.5%, and had 3 rebounds.
South Carolina has a record of 9-3 for the year. The Gamecocks commit 19.5 fouls per game and they shoot 66.5% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 13.5 times per game (175th in college basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.9 times per contest. South Carolina has tallied 904 points for the year (75.3 per game) and they snag 41.9 boards per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Gamecocks are connecting on 44.0% from the floor, which ranks them 194th in the nation.
The Gamecocks defensively are ranked 122nd in Division 1 in PPG allowed with 66.1. They are able to force 16.1 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 37.2% from the floor (11th in D-1). The South Carolina defense concedes 31.5% on 3-point attempts (85 of 270) and their opponents are connecting on 66.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They have surrendered 11.5 assists and 36.0 rebounds per game, which ranks them 112th and 248th in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take South Carolina
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