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Golden Panthers open as college hoops underdog vs Gamecocks

Florida International Golden PanthersSouth Carolina Gamecocks
6-2November 24, 2013, 01:00 | Colonial Life Arena1-2

The South Carolina Gamecocks will be trying to slam the Florida International Golden Panthers on Sunday when the teams tip off at Colonial Life Arena in college betting action.

The Gamecocks are 1-2 so far on the season, and 1-1 ATS vs. the number. The Golden Panthers, meanwhile, are 6-2 and 2-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen South Carolina go 0-2 and the Golden Panthers go 0-2 on the totals.

View Florida International Golden Panthers vs South Carolina Gamecocks Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Golden Panthers were listed as 8.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 265-rated Gamecocks and the No. 79-ranked Golden Panthers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

In their last action, Florida International was an 82-67 winner on the road against Bethune-Cookman. Bethune-Cookman was victimized for 24 points and 11 rebounds by Tymell Murphy as the Golden Panthers bested the Wildcats 82-67 in college basketball action on Thursday.

South Carolina lost its last outing, a 71-57 result against Clemson on November 17. They failed to cover in that game as a 5-point underdog. Mindaugas Kacinas scored 13 points in a futile effort to lead the Gamecocks to a win (they lost 71-57 to Clemson at Littlejohn Coliseum on Sunday).

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features South Carolina's No. 221-ranked scoring average of 67.67 PPG, against a Golden Panthers defense rated No. 51 and allowing 63.88 PPG. The Gamecocks FG% has averaged 40.12% to date this season, less than the Golden Panthers shooters have managed so far (46.37% per game).

Next up:
Florida International home to Georgia State, Saturday, November 30th
South Carolina at Oklahoma State, Friday, December 6th