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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Gamecocks underdogs vs Gators at Florida

South Carolina GamecocksFlorida Gators
7-6January 08, 2014, 07:00 | Stephen O'Connell Center11-2

Stephen O'Connell Center will host Florida Gators vs. South Carolina Gamecocks action on Wednesday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

Florida battles the Gamecocks, currently sitting with a 7-6 mark (6-4 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 3-6 for the Gators and 4-6 for the Gamecocks.

View South Carolina Gamecocks vs Florida Gators Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Florida sat as -16-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 50-ranked Gators and the No. 137-rated Gamecocks in this matchup.

Last time out for South Carolina, they were an 82-75 winner as they battled South Carolina State at home. Brenton Williams scored 19 points leading the Gamecocks to an 82-75 victory over South Carolina State at Colonial Life Arena on Friday.

In their last action, Florida was a 67-58 winner at home against Richmond. They failed to cover the 14-point spread as favorites. The Gators got 18 points from Michael Frazier II as Florida ran past Richmond 67-58 on Saturday at Stephen O'Connell Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Florida's No. 164-ranked scoring average of 71.69 PPG, against a Gamecocks defense rated No. 107 and allowing 68.23 PPG. The Gators FG% has averaged 46.03% to date this season, more than the Gamecocks shooters have managed so far (43.4% per game).

A few Gamecocks at Gators trends to consider:
South Carolina is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
South Carolina is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
South Carolina is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of South Carolina's last 5 games on the road
Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Florida is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing South Carolina
Florida is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing South Carolina

Next up:
South Carolina home to LSU, Saturday, January 11th
Florida at Arkansas, Saturday, January 11th