Gamecocks open as college hoops underdog vs Gators
South Carolina Gamecocks vs Florida Gators Odds
College hoops betting interest focuses on the Florida vs South Carolina battle Wednesday at Stephen O'Connell Center as the Gators look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
The Gators bring a 16-2 record (11-4 ATS) to this tilt against the 12-7 Gamecocks, who are 9-6 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Florida go 7-6 so far and the Gamecocks go 4-7.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Florida sat as 24-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Gators sit at No. 1 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Gamecocks sit at No. 130 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Gators will win this game 89-70.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Gamecocks is ranked No. 45 in NCAA hoops at 38.3 per game. Contrast that with Florida’s No. 123 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Florida is the No. 19-ranked team in the country at 8.4 per game, while South Carolina rates No. 181 at 6.1 per game.
Defensively, South Carolina features the nation's No. 141-rated defense on the road, allowing 68 points per game. Florida, meanwhile, comes in at No. 69 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, South Carolina was a 75-54 winner at home against Arkansas. They covered the 4.5-point spread as underdogs. The Gamecocks blew out Arkansas on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 75-54 win at Colonial Life Arena.
Florida was an 82-47 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Mississippi State. They covered the 20.5-point spread as favorites. The Gators blew out Mississippi State on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in an 82-47 win at Humphrey Coliseum.
South Carolina Gamecocks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Georgia are 3-7
After playing Arkansas are 6-4
After a win are 6-4
Florida Gators Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 10-0
Before playing Mississippi are 9-1
After playing Mississippi State are 7-3
After a win are 8-2
A few Gamecocks at Gators trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of South Carolina's last 5 games when playing on the road against Florida
South Carolina is 4-20 SU in its last 24 games on the road
South Carolina is 2-13 SU in its last 15 games when playing on the road against Florida
Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Florida's last 5 games when playing South Carolina
Florida is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games when playing at home against South Carolina
South Carolina home to Georgia, Saturday, February 2
Florida home to Mississippi, Saturday, February 2