Watch our free USC Upstate vs. South Carolina pick and preview for this NCAA basketball game in Charleston. See who we want to win and cover the spread in this college basketball matchup.
USC Upstate vs. South Carolina Pick & Preview: Friday 25th November Betting Odds
Spartans vs Gamecocks matchup at a glance
- Sports: NCAAB
- teams: USC Upstate Spartans at South Carolina Gamecocks
- Where: Charleston at the TD Arena
- Date: Friday, 11/25
- Betting Odds: USC Upstate +13, SCUP +625 | SC-988 O/U 140.5
In 5 games, the USC Upstate Spartans have an overall record of 2-3. So far the Spartans have played 3 games away with a record of 0-3. This season, USC Upstate was the underdog in 4 games and sat with a score of 1-3. Currently, the odds makers have the lines set so that the Spartans are +13 point underdogs.
USC Upstate’s top scorer this season is Jordan Gainey, who is averaging 14.4 points per contest. So far, Gainey has scored 21.3% of the team’s points. He contributes 1.6 rebounds per game and 1.6 assists. Justin Bailey is the Spartans’ second-best goalscorer, averaging 11.0 points per game. Together with him and Bailey, they make up 37.6% of the team’s points.
The USC upstate going into today’s game will be expecting improved play on his offense. Currently, the Spartans are ranked 208th with 70.9 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year they are the 425th team in terms of pace. If you look at 3-point shots, USC Upstate is close to the NCAA average at 36.1%.
In 5 games, the South Carolina Gamecocks have an aggregate record of 2-3. So far this season, South Carolina has played 4 games at home while maintaining a record of 2-2. At the time of this writing, the oddsmakers have the Gamecocks as the -13-point favorites. The Gamecocks were favored 2 times and went straight up 1-1.
Gregory Jackson II goes into tonight’s game as the Gamecocks’ top scorer with 16.2 points per contest. Not only has II been key to the team’s scoring record, but he’s also South Carolina’s top rebounder at 8.0 boards per contest. Before placing a bet on this game we recommend you to keep a close eye on Chico Carter JR’s availability as he is currently listed as questionable. If he can’t play, the Gamecocks will be without their second-best scorer with Chico Carter JR points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for South Carolina this season as they currently rank 205th in college basketball with 71.0 points per game. A major reason for low totals is the fact that they played at a below-average pace and struggled to hit outside shots. As a team, the Gamecocks’ 3-point shot percentage is just 31.6%, ranking them 385th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: USC Upstate Spartans +13
If you’re deciding whether to lose a bet against the spread in this matchup, we recommend covering the USC Upstate Spartans as a +13 point underdog. One thing that often causes problems for teams that are heavy underdogs is when they are up against a team that can dictate the pace of the game. However, both USC Upstate and South Carolina come into tonight’s game near the NCAA ball possession average per game. Given that court style won’t be an issue for the Spartans, and given that they’ve been 3-2 against the spread as underdogs in their last 5 games, we’d like them to cover the spread on the street.