Auburn Tigers at South Carolina Gamecocks ATS Prediction 01/22/19

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The 14th-ranked Auburn Tigers (13-4, 2-2 SEC) will be at Colonial Life Arena to square off against the South Carolina Gamecocks (9-8, 4-1 SEC) in a SEC matchup. The game will air on SEC Network at 6:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

Auburn Tigers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks Betting Odds

Both teams were beaten in their last outing. The Gamecocks lost big to the LSU Tigers, 89-67, while the Tigers lost a winnable game to the 12th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats, 82-80.

Auburn had a better turnover percentage (14.5 vs. 17.2) while South Carolina held LSU to an effective field goal percentage of 0.445 (below their season average of 0.555). A.J. Lawson had a good game for South Carolina, finishing with 18 points and five rebounds. Auburn, meanwhile, was led by Bryce Brown, who had 28 points.

This was a highly contested series last year. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. The Tigers won the most recent matchup 79-70. Auburn made good use of their 29 trips to the free throw line, converting on 24 of them (82.8 percent). South Carolina, on the other hand, was 15-20 (75.0 percent). This will be the first game of the year between these two teams.

The aggressive South Carolina offense seems poised to dominate from the charity stripe. The Gamecocks currently rank 53rd in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.278, while Auburn is among the nation’s most foul-prone squads (giving up a 298th-ranked FTA rate of 0.271). Moreover, the Tigers, who rank fourth in offensive rebounding percentage (39.3 percent), will face off against the Gamecocks, who rank 259th in defensive rebounding percentage (70.0 percent).

Auburn vs. South Carolina Pick

Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Auburn, ATS Winner – South Carolina, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Auburn ranks fourth in three pointers attempted per game (30.5) while South Carolina ranks 196th (21.0).
  • The Tigers average 9.7 steals per game, which ranks seventh in the country. The Gamecocks rank 98th in steals allowed per game (6.2).
  • South Carolina ranks 24th in blocks per game (4.8) while Auburn ranks 102nd in blocks allowed per game (3.5).
  • The Tigers rank 28th in assists per game (16.5) while the Gamecocks rank 177th (12.6).
  • Auburn averages 38.9 rebounds per game, which ranks 49th in the NCAA. South Carolina ranks 180th in rebounds allowed per game (36.2).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Gamecocks have scored an average of 62.6 points per game (8.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 63.4 points per game (5.0 below their season average).
  • The Tigers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 12.6, down from 15.9 for the season.