Florida Gators vs. South Carolina Gamecocks Free Prediction 01/07/20

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The Florida Gators (9-4, 1-0 SEC) will be at Colonial Life Arena to challenge the South Carolina Gamecocks (8-5) in a SEC matchup. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, and will air on ESPNU.

Florida Gators vs. South Carolina Gamecocks Betting Odds

In their last contest, the Gamecocks fell to the Stetson Hatters, 63-56, while the Gators were victorious over the Alabama Crimson Tide, 104-98.

The Gators made 30 of their 36 free throws (83.3 percent) and held the Crimson Tide to an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.0 (below their season average of 30.9). South Carolina, meanwhile, held Stetson to an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.7 (below their season average of 32.8). Maik Kotsar led the way for South Carolina, recording 11 points. Meanwhile, Kerry Blackshear Jr. played a key role for Florida with 24 points and 16 rebounds.

The Gamecocks won the sole game between these two teams last year, 71-69. One of South Carolina’s biggest advantages was getting to the free throw line. They made 25 trips to the line, while Florida went 20 times. This is the first time these teams will clash this year.

The offense of South Carolina (255th in the NCAA with an offensive efficiency of 99.1) will clash against the stingy defense of Florida (92nd in the NCAA with a defensive efficiency of 93.7). The Gators figure to have the edge on that side of the ball. Additionally, the Gators, who rank 59th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.265), could earn plenty of trips to the line against the Gamecocks, who rank 347th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.342).

Florida at South Carolina Odds Pick

Prediction: SU Winner – Florida, ATS Winner – Florida, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Florida ranks 179th in three pointers attempted per game (20.8) while South Carolina ranks 242nd (18.0).
  • The Gators rank 70th in rebounds per game (38.7) while the Gamecocks rank 85th in rebounds allowed per game (33.4).
  • The Gamecocks rank 43rd in blocks per game (4.5) while the Gators rank 79th (3.8).
  • Florida ranks 46th in steals allowed per game (5.5) while South Carolina ranks 70th (5.9).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Gators have scored an average of 82.6 points per game (9.2 above their season average) and allowed an average of 70.6 points per game (5.3 above their season average).
  • The Gamecocks’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 0.2, down from 4.7 for the season.