Two under-performing squads face off on Thursday as the
Volunteers visit the Gamecocks in SEC college basketball action. The NCAA
basketball odds makers have the Volunteers five point favorites.
South Carolina has lost eight of 10, including a demoralizing
48-64 loss on the road against Georgia this past Saturday.
The South Carolina Gamecocks are now a dismal 5-9 SU in conference play,
putting them dead last in the Eastern portion of the standings.
In the poor showing against the Bulldogs, Bruce Ellington
and Ramon Galloway combined to shoot a putrid 6-of-26 from the floor as South
Carolina shot 28.3 percent from the field as a team.
Malik Cooke (11 points and nine rebounds) and Sam Muldrow
(10 points and seven boards) were the most efficient but it just wasn't enough
as the Gamecocks slumped to yet another SU and ATS defeat.
Luckily they come up against another struggling team in
Tennessee on Thursday.
The Tennessee Volunteers have lost five of their seven most recent
matchups and are coming off a tough one-point loss at home to Mississippi
Entering the contest they were favored by a staggering 11
points but could not shake the Bulldogs. Scotty Hopson continued his hot play
however with a game-high 22 points while also pulling down seven rebounds.
Teammate Tobias Harris chipped in 16 points and eight boards
in the loss, but will we witness his Vols get back on track here against South
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Though the Volunteers are 2-5 ATS in their previous seven
contests overall, they have covered in four of their last five road games
The Gamecocks meanwhile are 2-5 ATS over their most recent
seven matchups while going 1-4 ATS in their previous five games.
Brian Williams, a key contributor for the Vols this season,
is struggling with a back problem and is listed as questionable for Thursday's
key SEC encounter. Williams is averaging a team-high 7.6 rebounds for Tennessee
and he would be sorely missed in the post if he were to miss out.
Still, the Vols have won eight straight games over the
Gamecocks and I suspect they'll come through with the W again in this spot.
They've covered in five of their last six trips to South
Carolina so they know how to compete in this building. Assuming they show up
with a worthwhile effort, look for Tennessee to get it done on Thursday.