Planning on watching today’s Tigers and Gamecocks game? Catch the action at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC, as the Gamecocks hosts this showdown at 3:30 ET on SECN. This Southeastern conference matchup has an over/under of 144 points, and South Carolina is favored to win by -6.5 at home vs. LSU.

LSU TIGERS VS SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: LSU Tigers +6.5

This game will be played at Colonial Life Arena at 3:30 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

WHY BET THE LSU TIGERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Gamecocks.
  • Even though we have South Carolina winning straight-up, we like LSU at +6.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 144 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Is an Upset Waiting to Happen on the Road?

LSU heads into tonight’s game as a 6.5-point underdog, and they have gone just 2-10 in games where they are the underdog this season. The Tigers have lost three straight games, and they are just 4-7 in conference play.

For the season, LSU has a 12-12 record, and they have gone 2-7 on the road. Their average scoring margin on the road is -8.1 points per game, and they have lost five straight games on the road.

LSU’s ATS record for the season is 10-14, but they have gone just 4-8 against the spread as the underdog. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, LSU has an ATS mark of 3-7. On the road this year, the Tigers are 4-5 vs. the spread and they have gone 1-2 ATS in their last 3 road games.

This season, the over/under record in LSU games is 13-11, and today’s line of 144 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (148.8). So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 173 points.

LSU’s offense is coming off a strong performance vs. Florida, finishing the game with a total of 80 points. Their season average is now 77.8 points per game. On the offensive front, the Tigers have a season-long field goal percentage of 46%, ranking 111st nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 122nd in terms of percentage and 133rd in three-pointers made.

Coming into today’s game, the LSU defense is giving up an average of 74.8 points per contest. The LSU defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 82 points and allowed Florida to connect on 4 threes.

Will the Gamecocks Defense Show Up at Home?

South Carolina enters this game with a record of 21-4, including a 15-1 mark at home. They have won four straight at home and are 9-1 in their last 10 games at home. For the season, they have been favored in 14 games, going 13-1.

Last time out, the Gamecocks lost to Auburn by a score of 101-61. On the year, they have gone 9-3 in Southeastern Conference play compared to a 12-1 non-conference record. For the season, they have an average scoring differential of +12.3 points per game at home.

South Carolina has an ATS record of 18-7 this season, including a mark of 11-5 at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Gamecocks are 6-4 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 144 is higher than the average over/under line in South Carolina’s games this season (139.7). Their over/under record is 12-13 this year. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 143 points. Over their last 10 games, their over/under record is 6-4.

In their most recent game, the South Carolina offense concluded with only 61 points against Auburn. Throughout the game, they made 3/15 three-point attempts and had a field goal percentage of 34.6%. Offensively, the Gamecocks hold a season-long field goal percentage of 44%, placing them 245th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 204th in terms of percentage and 97th in three-pointers made.

In the current season, the South Carolina defense has excelled, sitting 37th in the nation by allowing 65.4 points per game. South Carolina’s three-point defense is currently 58th in the country at 6.0 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 42.3% of their shots vs. South Carolina.