The Missouri Tigers (9-4, 0-1 SEC) will be at Colonial Life Arena to challenge the South Carolina Gamecocks (7-7, 2-0 SEC) in a SEC matchup. The game can be seen on SEC Network at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 12, 2019.
Missouri Tigers at South Carolina Gamecocks Betting Odds
In their last matchup, the Gamecocks defeated the 14th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs, 87-82, while the Tigers got blown out by the third-ranked Tennessee Volunteers, 87-63.
The Gamecocks held the Bulldogs to an offensive rebounding percentage of 22.5 (below their season average of 36.6) and had a turnover percentage of 11.9 (better than their season average of 16.9). Missouri, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 38.6 (above their season average of 30.8). South Carolina was lifted by Maik Kotsar, who recorded 25 points and nine rebounds. Meanwhile, Jordan Geist played a key role for Missouri with 12 points and five assists.
The Tigers won the only game between these two teams last year, 79-68. Missouri’s effective field goal percentage was its largest advantage over South Carolina. The Tigers had a rate of 0.612 while the Gamecocks posted a mark of 0.430. This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.
It will be a battle of contrasting paces as the up-and-down Gamecocks will look to push the more grind-it-out Tigers. The Gamecocks currently rank 59th in possessions per game while the Tigers are 340th. Ball security could be troublesome for the Tigers. They rank 280th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 20.8 percent), while the Gamecocks force the 57th-most turnovers in the country (opponents’ turnover percentage of 22.3 percent).
Missouri Tigers at South Carolina Gamecocks Odds Pick
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – South Carolina, ATS Winner – South Carolina, O/U – Over
- South Carolina ranks 25th in blocks per game (4.9) while Missouri ranks 164th (2.0).
- The Tigers average 22.9 three pointers per game, which ranks 124th in the nation. The Gamecocks rank 153rd in three pointers allowed per game (23.1).
- Missouri averages 35.5 rebounds per game, which ranks 152nd in the country. South Carolina ranks 163rd in rebounds allowed per game (36.2).
- The Tigers rank 39th in steals allowed per game (5.4) while the Gamecocks rank 99th (6.4).
- Missouri ranks 43rd in assists allowed per game (11.2) while South Carolina ranks 98th (12.6).
- During their last five games, the Tigers have scored an average of 73.6 points per game (5.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 66.2 points per game (1.2 above their season average).
- The Gamecocks’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 6.2, up from 3.6 for the season.