Missouri Tigers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
The South Carolina Gamecocks and the Missouri Tigers face off on Thursday in Columbia in a SEC college basketball battle. The Tigers are -9 point favorites over the Gamecocks with an over/under point total set 138.
The South Carolina Gamecocks are having an awful year and they have lost seven of their last eight games. South Carolina is 3-11 in the SEC, 9-7 at home this season, and they lost by six at Missouri earlier this year. As a team South Carolina is averaging 66.3 points, 11.9 assists, and they are shooting 41.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.6 points, 12.7 assists, and their opponents are shooting 43.8 percent. Brenton Williams is averaging 10 points, Bruce Ellington is averaging 9.9 points, and Michael Carrera is averaging 10.2 points and 7.3 rebounds. South Carolina will be hard pressed to finish completely out of the basement in the SEC this year.
The Missouri Tigers are looking for their 20th win of the season but the problem is they are looking for just their second road win of the year. Missouri is 8-6 in the SEC, 1-7 on the road this season, and they are tied for sixth place in the conference standings. As a team Missouri is averaging 76.2 points, 13.7 assists, and they are shooting 44.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.6 points, 11.4 assists, and their opponents are shooting 40.5 percent. Laurence Bowers is averaging 14.1 points and 6.1 rebounds, Phil Pressey is averaging 12.4 points and 7.0 assists, and Alex Oriakhi is averaging 10.6 points and 8.8 rebounds. Missouri has been in and out of the top 25 most of the season but right now they are out.
South Carolina is 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games, 2-7 against the spread in their last nine home games, and 1-7 against the spread in their last eight home games against a team with a losing road record. Missouri is 9-4-1 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover the spread, 4-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 1-6 against the spread in their last seven road games.
The total is set at 138 and I have this one going over the total.