Florida at South Carolina Betting Lines, Pick & TV Info

Florida at South Carolina Betting Lines, Pick & TV Info

Written by on January 17, 2017

The #19 Florida Gators head up the coast to take on the #24 South Carolina Gamecocks in SEC basketball action on Wednesday night. The Gators (14-3, 5-0 SEC) ride in a seven-game winning streak, most recently knocking off Georgia at home, 80-76, in an overtime thriller on Saturday. The Gamecocks (14-3, 4-0 SEC) knocked off Ole Miss at home, 67-56, on Saturday, giving them a four-game winning streak. (Let’s take a look at this matchup — and be sure to check all of our NCAA Basketball betting odds and picks for the week ahead.

Florida at South Carolina Betting Lines, Pick & TV Info

When: Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 6:30pm ET Where: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC TV: SEC Network Radio: Florida / South Carolina Live Stream: WatchESPN NCAA Basketball Odds: TBA

Why should you bet on the Gators?

Ever since losing at Florida State, 83-78, eight games ago, the Gators have not looked back. Canyon Barry took the game into his own hands on Saturday, dropping 27 points on the Georgia Bulldogs, including four of the Gators’ 13 points in overtime. Barry went 7 for 13 and converted a pair of four-point plays — and his signature underhanded foul shots were perfect, including all four in the extra frame. Keith Stone hit a career high with 17 points, and these two were a big part of the Florida bench outscoring the Georgia reserves 51-5. The fact that Georgia led by five with 3:51 in the second half just made the win even more dramatic. This momentum should serve the Gators well when the Gamecocks show up on Wednesday.

Why should you put your money on the Gamecocks?

Chris Silva is developing into a game-changing big man, just in time for the stretch run in SEC play. He posted 16 points, a career best, and pulled down 11 boards in South Carolina’s 67-56 win over Mississippi on Saturday. P.J. Dozier put in 16 more points. South Carolina went 0 for 10 at one point during the first half but never surrendered the lead, thanks to a cold-shooting Ole Miss team. South Carolina won the rebounding battle by 10 — and Sindarius Thornwell continued a streak of Gamecock wins when he is on the floor. Ole Miss also coughed up 21 turnovers, which helped make up for that bad shooting early by South Carolina.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

South Carolina is off to their best SEC start since 1997, when they won the regular season championship. They have two big games coming up, at home against Florida and then at Kentucky on Saturday, the other two undefeated conference foes. I like them to continue this momentum against a Florida team that has played well so far — but still has yet to play a tough SEC foe. I predict a final score of South Carolina 66, Florida 63.