Arkansas Razorbacks at South Carolina Gamecocks – NCAAM March 2

No. 12 Arkansas (19-5, 11-4) at South Carolina (6-12, 4-10)

  • Time: 4PM PST | 6PM CST | 7PM EST
  • Location: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC
  • TV: SEC Network

Opening Tip

The Razorbacks are the hottest team in the nation, this side of Michigan, as they come into the matchup with the Gamecocks on a six-game winning streak as they have won nine out of their last 10 games. It’s the first time that Arkansas is in the Top 15 since 2000 after wins over then No. 6 Alabama and LSU spearheaded a week where the Hogs jumped to No. 19 in the NET ratings.

South Carolina ended it’s own six-game winning streak with a 91-70 blow out of Georgia in Athens on Saturday. The Gamecocks have defeated the Bulldogs by a combined averaging of 22.5 points per game in sweeping the season series.

Arkansas holds a 20-15 advantage vs. South Carolina, but the Razorbacks are 6-8 in games played in Columbia.

Vs. The Spread

Arkansas:

  • The Hogs check in at 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arkansas’ last 6 games
  • The OVER has been the call in nine of the Razorbacks’ last 10 road outings

South Carolina:

  • The Gamecocks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of South Carolina’s last 6 games
  • The UNDER has been the call in 8 of the last 11 contests between the Gamecocks and Razorbacks

Last Time Out

Arkansas continued it’s roll with as Justin Smith had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Razorbacks to an 83-75 home win over LSU. Moses Moody and JD Notae had 18 each as Arkansas extended it’s 9-game SEC winning streak which is it’s longest in the league since 1993-94.

South Carolina won it’s 10th in a row against Georgia with a resounding 91-70 victory in Athens. Jermaine Couisnard lead the Gamecocks with 23 points. South Carolina shot 54 percent and made 10-of-23 three-point shots as the 91 points were a season high.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Virginia -6.5 (-107) -275 O 157 (-110)
South Carolina +6.5 (-113) +230 U 157 (-110)

Advantage, Arkansas

Arkansas Razorbacks LogoCoach Eric Musselman vowed to work to keep the talent in Arkansas and leading scorer Moses Moody (16.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg) is a great example of why. Moody has turned into the focal point in a Razorbacks attack as he leads the Razorbacks in scoring while making a team high 42 triples on the season. His length is a huge reason why the Razorbacks have tallied 194 steals. Justin Smith is second in the SEC in field goal percentage (51.8%) and leads the team in rebounding at 6.9 per game.

The Gamecocks have been in a tough shape ever since they were paused three times with covid issues in December and January. It seemed to destroy their connectivity on defense which is something that never returned. South Carolina held Georgia to 36.7 percent from the field on Saturday which was the first time in four games where an opponent did not shot 47 percent or better from the field.

Key Razorbacks Stat:

According to hogstats.com, when Kentucky made 14 triples and Missouri followed with 13 threes, it was the first time in history that consecutive Razorbacks opponents made 13 triples in back-to-back games. Five opponents have made 13-plus triples and Arkansas is 4-1 in those games.

X-Factor:

JD Notae (12.7 ppg) and Jalen Tate (10.8 ppg) also average double figures and although he doesn’t start, he runs along side Moody in scoring. Tate can hit the three and he can get to the line. South Carolina coach Frank Martin has to be worried about the weaponry of the Razorbacks as the ‘Cocks have allowed 79 points per game and 45.6 percent from the floor in SEC games.

Advantage, South Carolina

South Carolina Gamecocks Logo 101x101The talented backcourt duo of A.J. Lawson and Keyshawn Bryant averages 34.1 points per game, combined, in SEC play, so through Lawson and Bryant is where South Carolina has to attack. Offensively, the Gamecocks are 276th in the NCAA in offensive effective field goal percentage, so these are the two best bets to make things happen in favor of the ‘Cocks. South Carolina turns the ball over 15.1 times per game and with the harrasive style of the Razorbacks defense, freedom to enter the lane off the bounce will be limited.

Key Gamecocks Stat:

Strangely, even with all of the defensive problems that South Carolina has, the Gamecocks turn opponents over at a 16.9 per game clip. Turning defense into offense of major importance if South Carolina can stay in this game.

X-Factor:

The third scorer will be important for the Gamecocks. Jermaine Couisnard scored 23 points in the win over Georgia over the weekend as he broke out of a season long scoring slump, as he made 8-of-16 shots. Couisnard was 9-of-49 from the field in the previous six games. Trae Hannibal has averaged 15 points per game in his last two as he made 6-of-8 shots at Georgia.

Winner: Arkansas (-6.5) 83, South Carolina 71

The Bets
Arkansas Razorbacks -6.5
-107
Arkansas Razorbacks
-275
UNDER 157
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

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