South Carolina Gamecocks vs. LSU Tigers Pick – NCAAM January 16, 2021

There is a whole lot of college basketball to digest on Saturday. While there are a lot of cancellations, it still doesn’t put a dent into the card. At the moment, there are 19 games listed as postponed. Kansas, West Virginia, and Oregon, who are all ranked, will have to sit Saturday out and wait for their next call. Despite those three teams having to miss their games on Saturday, we still have 14 ranked teams expected to play.

Who knows what happens between now and then, because a game could be pulled at the last-minute, but it’s still shaping up to be a big college basketball card. Baylor and Texas Tech is the most highly anticipated game on Saturday. From a betting perspective, it looks tricky from my perspective, but that is a game that should be watched regardless. If there’s any spot where Baylor slips up and loses their first game, it could very well happen on the road in Lubbock.

I’m not playing the Baylor and Texas Tech game, but will certainly be paying attention to what happens. Elsewhere on the college hardwood, Michigan and Minnesota is a game that I will be paying attention to. As far as my betting dollars are concerned, I will be at UCLA for Washington and UCLA, and at LSU for South Carolina and LSU in Louisiana. The magnitude of the game doesn’t matter when it comes to finding winners. I cashed North Dakota State and Lipscomb on Friday night, need I say more on the subject.

South Carolina has only played five games this season because of scheduling conflicts because of Covid-19. The Gamecocks have been on the floor for only five games, the fewest in the SEC. They are scheduled to play on Saturday, which will be their first outing since January 6. That was a nice performance for South Carolina, as they routed Texas A&M, 78-54. Through their short five-game schedule, South Carolina has been up and down.

The Tigers are in good form at the moment, and look to add a fourth straight game to their winning streak. LSU has been playing solid basketball, and enters Saturday with a record of 9-2. In their most recent outing, LSU torched Arkansas by a score of 92-76. The Tigers did the same against Texas A&M in their turn against the Aggies in a 77-54 win on December 29. They followed up with a 83-79 loss against Florida on the road, and then stormed back for three straight victories. Head below for our free South Carolina vs. LSU pick on January 16, 2021.

South Carolina Gamecocks vs. LSU Tigers NCAA Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • South Carolina +8 (-110)
  • LSU -8 (-110)
Moneyline:

  • South Carolina +305
  • LSU -375
Total:

  • Over 154.5 (-110)
  • Under 154.5 (-110)

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South Carolina vs. LSU Prediction:

South Carolina is travelling to LSU without their head coach, Frank Martin, and two staffers because of positive Covid-19 tests. This is the second time that Martin has tested positive since May. That has to be frustrating, and he doesn’t know if he’s actually positive or he had a false-positive earlier in 2020 or this positive is a false positive. We really don’t know what this South Carolina team is yet. They have looked bad against Liberty in a 78-62 loss, okay in a 77-67 loss against Houston, and shaky against Florida A&M in a 78-71 win.

The only complete effort we’ve seen from South Carolina was in the 78-54 win against the Aggies. Along with their head coach and two staffers out, three players are questionable to play for undisclosed reasons. Guard T.J. Moss may be unavailable, while forwards Alanzo Frink and Keyshawn Bryant could be out as well. Moss and Bryant are both moderate contributors, so depth could be an issue for the Gamecocks on Saturday night. South Carolina has netted 70.8 points per game going into Saturday, which ranks 214th in the country.

Their defense has been more effective statistically, with 67.6 points against per game. The defense is going to have to come up big against an LSU team that can shoot the lights out. If they get into a rhythm, this game could quickly get out of hand. The Tigers are one of the best in the nation at scoring, as they’ve netted an average of 86.2 points per game for 12th in the NCAA. In 8 of 11 outings this season, the Tigers have netted at least 80 points a game. Off a ten-day layoff, without their head coach on the road, expect LSU to pull away for a double-digit win on Saturday in Baton Rouge.

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Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.

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