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South Carolina hasn't fared well as a small favorite

The South Carolina Gamecocks are 2-6 SU and ATS in their last eight games as a favorite of two points or less. The Gamecocks will try to turn the tide on that trend Friday as a small favorite vs the Marquette Golden Eagles.

  • South Carolina is 0-5 SU and ATS in its last five games as a favorite of 1.5 or less.
  • The total has gone OVER in seven of Marquette's last nine games after losing as a favorite.
  • Marquette is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games after a loss.

South Carolina started off conference play in the SEC on a roll with a 9-1 SU and 6-4 ATS run that included a road upset at Georgia and a win at home over Florida. But over the last month, the Gamecocks haven't fared so well with a 3-6 SU and 1-8 ATS record over their last nine games.

Marquette entered the Big East tournament with some good momentum on the heels of a 4-1 SU and ATS run that included two wins over Xavier and a win over Creighton. That momentum was halted by an 82-76 loss to Seton Hall as a small favorite, dropping the Golden Eagles to 2-6 ATS in their last eight games in March.

This game will provide an interesting clash in styles. South Carolina ranks 202nd on offense with 72.1 points per game and 29th on defense allowing 64.5 points per game, while Marquette ranks 17th on offense with 82.5 points per game and 244th on defense allowing 75 per game.

Marquette Golden Eagles vs South Carolina Gamecocks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The South Carolina Gamecocks sport a record of 22-10 and 12-18 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the Marquette Golden Eagles have 19-12 and 16-15 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 11-18-1 for the South Carolina Gamecocks and 16-15 for the Marquette Golden Eagles.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 84-rated Marquette Golden Eagles taking on the No. 168-rated South Carolina Gamecocks in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits South Carolina's No. 163-ranked offense, averaging 72.06 PPG, against a Golden Eagles defense that ranks No. 190 at 75 PPG. The Gamecocks field goal percentage has averaged 41.46% so far, less than the Golden Eagles marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.72% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Marquette got 23 points from Andrew Rowsey but lost anyway, 82-76, to Seton Hall on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

Sindarius Thornwell scored 16 points in a futile effort to lead the Gamecocks to a win (they lost 64-53 to Alabama at Bridgestone Arena on Friday).