LSU vs South Carolina Expert Pick

Posted by Henry Watkins on February 9, 2016 in

There are always a few teams who feel as though they should be among the top 25 ranked teams, but who end up being overlooked for one reason or another. The South Carolina Gamecocks are one of those teams this season, and they will try to show that they belong with the big boys when they host the LSU Tigers at the Colonial Life Arena on Wednesday. The full odds for this one will be up at the NCAA basketball betting page as soon as they are available.

How to bet LSU Tigers Vs South Carolina Gamecocks TV and Game Information

When: Wednesday, February 10, 7 PM EST
Where: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina
Radio: 107,5 The Game
Stream Option: WatchESPN

The Gamecocks are a team with a little bit of a chip on their shoulder because of their omission from the top 25, and you can bet they will be doing all they can to prove that they are among the best in the country. This is a tough, tough match-up for them, though, and the LSU Tigers may very well prove to be a good bet at what is sure to be a very good price.

Why bet on the LSU Tigers

The Tigers (15-8, 8-2) are coming into this game on a bit of a hot streak, having won 4 of their last 5 games. Their only loss during that stretch came at the hands of the #1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners, and it was only a 2-point margin that took them down in that one. The Tigers are a team that, for the most part, seems to play up to the level of the opponent that they are facing on any given night. They also have a big win over Kentucky this season, proving that they really aren’t afraid of any team that crosses their path. LSU has also managed to put together a winning road record in conference play this season, going 3-2 so fat. The Tigers are averaging 81.3 PPG, and are giving up 75.4 PPG.

Why bet on the South Carolina Gamecocks

South Carolina (20-3, 7-3) have been given the #20 ranking in the Coaches Poll, yet are not anywhere to be seen in the National Rankings. That is something that could change this week if they can knock off LSU and Kentucky, so there are some definite incentives for this team to go out and do well. The reason that the Gamecocks have been omitted from the top 25 is likely down to the fact that they have only faced a single ranked opponent. That came in their last game, which ended up being an 81-78 win over #8 ranked Texas A&M. This is a team that believes they belong in the top 25, but they will need to keep winning in order to get there. The Gamecocks are averaging 77.3 PPG, and are giving up 68.2 PPG.

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Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I expect this to be a close one, and as much as the Gamecocks believe that they are the better team here, I have the sneaking suspicion that they may come up a little short.

LSU Tigers 75 South Carolina Gamecocks 74