The Gamecocks and Razorbacks are set to face off at 1:00 ET on SECN. The Razorbacks will host the game at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, AR. This Southeastern conference matchup has an over/under of 142.5 points, and the Razorbacks are favored to win at home vs. the Gamecocks.
SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS VS ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Arkansas Razorbacks -2.5
This game will be played at Bud Walton Arena at 1:00 ET on Saturday, January 20th.
WHY BET THE ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Razorbacks.
- Not only will Arkansas pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 142.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.
Does South Carolina Have What it Takes on the Road?
South Carolina has been much better at home this season compared to on the road. Their average scoring margin at home is +12.8 compared to -3.4 on the road. The Gamecocks are 11-1 at home compared to 3-2 on the road.
Overall, South Carolina is 14-3 this season, including a 2-2 record in Southeastern Conference play. They are coming off a 74-69 loss to Georgia and have gone 5-5 in their last 10 road games.
South Carolina has been one of the best teams in the country against the spread this season, going 12-5. Their road ATS mark is an impressive 4-1 and they have gone 8-2 in their last 10 games as the underdog.
South Carolina’s over/under record for the season is 8-9 and their games have averaged 137.4 points. Today’s over/under line of 142.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this year (140.4). Over their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 134 points.
The South Carolina offense is coming off a game in which they scored 69 points vs. Georgia. Overall their field goal percentage was 39.7% while connecting on 6 threes. In terms of offense, the Gamecocks have a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, putting them 278th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 251st in percentage and 111st in three-pointers made.
This season, the South Carolina defense has been impressive, holding the 32nd position in the country while permitting an average of 64.6 points per contest. In today’s game vs. Arkansas, the South Carolina defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, South Carolina made 17 free-throws vs. the Gamecocks.
Can the Razorbacks Hold Strong at Home?
Arkansas will look to keep its strong home record intact as it hosts South Carolina as a 2.5-point favorite. The Razorbacks are 10-2 at home this season, and they have gone 8-1 when favored.
Arkansas is coming off a 78-77 win over Texas A&M, and it has gone 8-2 in its last 10 home games. The Razorbacks are 10-7 overall, including a 1-3 record in Southeastern Conference play.
Arkansas has struggled vs. the spread this season, going just 5-12. However, they have been better at home, going 5-7 ATS. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Razorbacks are just 4-6 vs. the spread.
So far this season, Arkansas’ over/under record is 12-5 and today’s line of 142.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (150.4). In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 151 points.
The Arkansas offense is coming off a game where they scored 78 points against Texas A&M. They posted a field goal percentage of 39.2% and connected on 7 threes. Leading the team in scoring is Tramon Mark, who is averaging 17.9 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Khalif Battle also maintains a PPG average of 12.1 heading into game.
Currently, the Razorbacks’ defense holds the 275th rank in the nation, allowing 77.6 points per game. Arkansas will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Texas A&M to just 39% shooting in their most recent game.