Tennessee Volunteers vs South Carolina Gamecocks Prediction, 2/5/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Tennessee Volunteers vs South Carolina Gamecocks
Date: Saturday, February 5, 2022
Location: Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC
The Tennessee Volunteers (15-6) are traveling to Colonial Life Arena on Saturday where they will take on the South Carolina Gamecocks (13-8).
The Tennessee Volunteers stepped onto the hardwood against Texas A&M and walked away with a win by a score of 90-80 in their last contest. In the matter of personal fouls, the Volunteers finished with 21 and Texas A&M accumulated 21 personal fouls. They converted 7 of their 22 tries from long range. Texas A&M finished the game shooting 84.0% at the charity stripe by making 21 of 25 shots. Additionally, Texas A&M collected 23 rebounds (9 offensive, 14 defensive), but wasn't able to record a rejection. Texas A&M doled out 11 assists and had 13 steals in this game. In reference to defense, Tennessee allowed 46.4% from the field on 26 out of 56 shooting. They also recorded 22 assists for this contest as well as forcing the other team into 16 turnovers and earning 12 steals. With respect to grabbing rebounds, they earned 32 with 15 of them being on the offensive end. At the free throw line, the Volunteers converted 21 of 27 tries for a percentage of 77.8%. Tennessee ended the contest having earned a 50.9% field goal percentage (29 out of 57) and converted 11 of 26 shots from distance.
Josiah-Jordan James is a player who was a major contributor for the contest. He finished the game shooting 57.1% from the floor and also totaled 2 dimes. He played for 22 minutes and collected 8 boards. He accumulated 14 points on 4 of 7 shooting.
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Tennessee heads into this game with a record of 15-6 for the season. They average 74.2 pts per contest (115th in Division 1) while shooting 43.7% from the field. The Volunteers are connecting on 33.5% on shots from 3-point land (187 of 559) and 68.8% from the free throw line. As a team, Tennessee is pulling in 36.6 rebounds per game and has tallied 356 assists for the campaign, which is 21st in Division 1 in terms of passing. They are turning it over 13.0 times per game and as a team they are committing 16.4 fouls on a nightly basis.
On defense, the Volunteers are forcing 17.6 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.6 personal fouls. They are ranked 129th in the country in giving up assists to their opponents with 242 conceded so far this year. The Volunteers defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 41.9% (475 of 1,133) and they surrender 33.5 boards per contest as a unit. They surrender 33.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 40th in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (63.3).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the South Carolina Gamecocks took a defeat with a final score of 78-64 when they faced Mississippi State. The Gamecocks were able to collect 14 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 20 for the contest. They gave up possession of the ball 10 times, while earning 10 steals for the game. Mississippi State was called for 18 fouls for the game which took the Gamecocks to the free throw line for 16 shots. They were able to make 11 of them for a clip of 68.8%. In relation to shots from beyond the perimeter, South Carolina buried 5 of 18 tries (27.8%). Overall, the Gamecocks went 24 out of 58 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 41.4%. The Gamecocks allowed Mississippi State to knock down 27 of 50 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 54.0% for this game. They finished 44.4% from three-point range by hitting 4 of 9 and finished the contest at 20 of 26 at the free throw line (76.9%). Regarding cleaning the glass, South Carolina allowed Mississippi State to snag 37 overall (11 on the offensive glass).
James Reese V ended up being a factor for the Gamecocks in this game. He converted 7 of 9 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 77.8%, and accounted for 1 rebound. He earned 15 points in his 31 mins on the court and earned 3 assists for the contest.
South Carolina has a win-loss record of 13-8 so far this year. As an offensive team, the Gamecocks are hitting on 42.9% from the floor, which is ranked 244th in D-1. South Carolina has 1,501 pts for the year (71.5 per contest) and they pull in 38.9 rebounds per game. They are getting an assist 13.5 times per contest (159th in the nation) and they are turning it over 15.1 times per game. The Gamecocks are committing 20.0 fouls every game while shooting 63.9% from the free throw line.
The South Carolina defense surrenders 31.1% on shots from beyond the arc (134 of 431) and their opponents are connecting on 68.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They concede 12.0 assists and 35.8 total boards per game, ranking them 134th and 249th in college basketball. The Gamecocks are ranked 149th in Division 1 in points allowed per contest with 67.8. They have forced 16.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 40.1% from the field (41st in college hoops).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Tennessee
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