Marquette Golden Eagles vs. South Carolina Gamecocks, Las Vegas Sports Betting, NCAA March Madness Odds, Picks and Prediction

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19-12 March 17, 9:50 PM | Bi-Lo Center 22-10
Marquette vs South Carolina, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 9:50 PM ET, Friday, March 17, 2017
Where: Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, South Carolina
TV: 9:50 p.m. ET, TBS

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Friday, March 17th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – FIRST ROUND – Bon Secours Arena – Greenville, SC

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
819 –Marquette Golden Eagles pk -110 Ov 142½ -115
820 –South Carolina Gamecocks pk -110 Un 142½ -105

The Marquette Golden Eagles and the South Carolina Gamecocks will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

ABOUT MARQUETTE (19-12): Led by Howard, who hits at 54.9 percent from beyond the arc, and Andrew Rowsey, the Golden Eagles are the top 3-point shooting team in the country at 43 percent. Wojciechowski’s team can also convert from the foul line (77.9 percent) and closed with four wins in its last six games to get off the tournament bubble. Rowsey, a 5-10 guard and UNC Asheville transfer, has come on since taking over the point guard duties,scoring 18 points or more in seven of the last 11 games for Marquette.

ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA (22-10): The offense numbers for the Gamecocks won’t thrill anyone as they shoot 41.4 percent from the field and average 72 points. Thornwell improved his scoring by more than seven points per game from his junior season thanks to improved shooting, but the 6-5 guard is still not great in that regard at 43.9 percent. Dozier, a sophomore, more than doubled his scoring output from last season, and combines with Chris Silva and Maik Kotsar to give the Gamecocks three solid rebounders.

Oddsmakers currently have the Gamecocks listed as pk-point favorites versus the Golden Eagles, while the game’s total is sitting at 142½.

South Carolina gets some home cooking for its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 13 years when it faces Marquette on Friday in Greenville, S.C. The seventh-seeded Gamecocks, who are led by SEC Player of the Year and leading scorer Sindarius Thornwell, haven’t won a tournament game since 1973 while the 10th-seeded Golden Eagles are in for the first time under coach Steve Wojciechowski.

Frank Martin’s team got off to a strong start, winning 19 of its first 23 games but stumbled a bit down the stretch, dropping six of nine contests. Thornwell, who also leads the team in rebounding, P.J. Dozier and Duane Notice are the top performers for a South Carolina team that had eight players who average at least 14 minutes. The Golden Eagles, who are back in the tournament after qualifying in eight straight seasons from 2006 to 2013, also have a balanced squad led by freshman Markus Howard, the nation’s top 3-point shooter. Jajuan Johnson, Luke Fischer and Katin Reinhardt provided the senior leadership for Marquette, which went 1-2 against Seton Hall, a team South Carolina lost to by three points in December.

Last time out for South Carolina, they were a 64-53 loser as they battled Crimson Tide at home. They failed to cover in the match as a -4-point favorite.

In their last action, Marquette was a 82-76 loser at home against Pirates. They failed to cover the -1.5-point spread as favorites.

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Team record: 19-12 SU,16-15 ATS
Marquette is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Marquette is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games

South Carolina:
Team record: 22-10 SU,12-18 ATS
South Carolina is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games
South Carolina is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of South Carolina’s last 6 games


1. The Gamecocks, who last appeared in the tournament in 2004, lost six straight tournament games

2. The Golden Eagles won 12 of 16 meetings against the Gamecocks with the latest an overtime victory in 2005.

3. This appearance for Marquette is its 32nd in 100 years of basketball.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Marquette Golden Eagles will cover the spread at pk and the game will go over 142½ points, according to scamdicappers

PREDICTION: Marquette 79, South Carolina 73 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

82.5 PTS FOR 72.1
75.0 PTS AGNST 64.5
7.5 DIFF. 7.6
24.4 DEF REBOUNDS 23.7
48.7 FG% 41.5
77.9 FT% 69.2
10.5 3 POINTERS 6.8
7.4 STEALS 7.8
No trends to report
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of South Carolina’s last 6 games
South Carolina is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
South Carolina is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games
Marquette’s Overall Scoring vs South Carolina’s Overall Defense 82.5 18 64.5 28
Marquette’s Away Scoring vs South Carolina’s Home Defense 82.1 7 61.9 32
Marquette’s Road Rebounds vs South Carolina’s Home Rebounds Allowed 32.7 269 34.3 158
South Carolina’s Overall Scoring vs Marquette’s Overall Defense 72.1 205 75.0 247
South Carolina’s Home Scoring vs Marquette’s Road Defense 74.0 226 81.5 309
South Carolina’s Home Rebounds vs Marquette’s Road Rebounds Allowed 37.6 136 33.2 52

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