Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Volunteers versus the Gamecocks? Tip off is at at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN2. The game will be played at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC. Tennessee is favored by -5.5 in this Southeastern conference contest against South Carolina. The game’s over/under currently sits at 139.5 points.

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS VS SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: South Carolina Gamecocks +5.5

This game will be played at Colonial Life Arena at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, March 6th.

WHY BET THE SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Gamecocks.
  • Not only will South Carolina pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +5.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 139.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Will the Volunteers Make it Happen in Columbia?

As the Volunteers get set to take on South Carolina, they are 23-6 overall and 13-3 in the Southeastern Conference. Tennessee has won six straight games, and they are 21-3 this season when favored.

On the road, the Volunteers have a record of 8-5, and their average scoring margin is +4.3 points per game. Over their last 10 games away from home, Tennessee has gone 6-4.

Against the spread this season, Tennessee has a record of 15-13-1. On the road, the Volunteers have gone 5-8 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, Tennessee has gone 6-4 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 139.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Tennessee’s games this year (145.3). So far, 11 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. Over their last three games, their games have averaged 155 points compared to their season average of 148.1 points per game.

In their latest game, Tennessee offense put up 81 points against Alabama. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 36.4% and made 12 threes. In terms of offense, the Volunteers have a season-long field goal percentage of 45%, putting them 159th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 173rd in percentage and 62nd in three-pointers made.

This season, the Tennessee defense has been impressive, holding the 63rd position in the country while permitting an average of 67.4 points per contest. The Tennessee defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 74 points and allowed Alabama to connect on 9 threes.

Does South Carolina Stand a Chance at Home?

South Carolina is 16-2 at home this season, and they have gone 8-2 in their last 10 games at home. They are coming off an 82-76 win over Florida, and they have gone 4-1 in their last five home games.

Overall, the Gamecocks are 24-5 this season, and they are currently on a three-game win streak. They have gone 12-1 in non-conference games compared to 12-4 in conference games.

As the underdog, South Carolina has been very profitable against the spread this season, going 11-2. They have an overall ATS record of 21-8 and have gone 7-3 vs. the spread in their last 10 home games.

This season, South Carolina’s over/under record sits at 14-15 and today’s over/under line of 139.5 is very close to their average over/under line of 139.6. Currently, the average scoring total in their games is 137.7 points per game. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 141 points.

In their latest game, South Carolina’s offense looked good, scoring 82 points against Florida. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 47.2% and made 23/31 free throws. The team’s top scorer is Meechie Johnson Jr., who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 14.2, while B.J. Mack also maintains a PPG average of 13.2 leading up to the game.

In the current season, the South Carolina defense has excelled, sitting 26th in the nation by allowing 65.6 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, South Carolina’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 42.1% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 32.2% this season.