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Mississippi Rebels visit South Carolina Gamecocks in college basketball clash

Mississippi RebelsSouth Carolina Gamecocks
11-5January 18, 2014, 04:30 | Colonial Life Arena7-9

The South Carolina Gamecocks will hit the floor running against the visiting Mississippi Rebels Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

South Carolina battles the Rebels, currently sitting with a 11-5 mark (4-8 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 5-7-1 for the Gamecocks and 7-5 for the Rebels.

View Mississippi Rebels vs South Carolina Gamecocks Odds and Stats.

The Gamecocks were listed as 0-point at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 97-rated Mississippi taking on the No. 155-rated Gamecocks in this contest.

Mississippi was an 88-74 winner in their most recent outing at home against LSU. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Marshall Henderson went off for 25 points and added 1 rebound, leading Mississippi over LSU, 88-74, on Wednesday at Tad Smith Coliseum.

Last time out for South Carolina, they were a 75-67 loser as they battled Texas A&M on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 7.5-point underdog. The Gamecocks endured a 75-67 loss at the hands of the Aggies on Wednesday, despite a 14-point effort from Brenton Williams at Reed Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features South Carolina's No. 183-ranked scoring average of 70.06 PPG, against a Rebels defense rated No. 174 and allowing 71.75 PPG. The Gamecocks FG% has averaged 43.53% to date this season, more than the Rebels shooters have managed so far (43.21% per game).

A few Rebels at Gamecocks trends to consider:
Mississippi is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Mississippi's last 5 games
Mississippi is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Mississippi's last 9 games when playing South Carolina
South Carolina is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of South Carolina's last 9 games when playing Mississippi
South Carolina is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Mississippi
The total has gone OVER in 4 of South Carolina's last 6 games when playing at home against Mississippi

Next up:
Mississippi at Vanderbilt, Wednesday, January 22nd
South Carolina at Georgia, Wednesday, January 22nd