South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Duke Blue Devils, NCAA March Madness Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS DUKE BLUE DEVILS
23-10 March 19, 8:40 PM | Bon Secours Arena 28-8
South Carolina vs Duke, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 8:40 PM ET, Sunday, March 19, 2017
Where: Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, South Carolina
TV: 8:40 p.m. ET, TNT

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Sunday, March 19th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – SECOND ROUND – Bon Secours Arena – Greenville, SC

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
719 –South Carolina Gamecocks +7 -110 +260 Ov 142½ -115
720 –Duke Blue Devils -7 -110 -310 Un 142½ -105
 

The South Carolina Gamecocks and the Duke Blue Devils will both be trying to pick up a win on Sunday when they battle at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA (23-10): The Gamecocks don’t possess the bevy of offensive stars that Duke has, but they might have the most dynamic player on the court in SEC Player of the Year Sindarius Thornwell (21.3 points, 7.3 rebounds). The senior went off for 29 points and 11 rebounds against Marquette while fellow guard PJ Dozier (13.9 points, 4.8 rebounds) scored 21. Guard Duane Notice (10.1 points) is the only other Gamecock who averages double digits in points, but the team counts on its defense to create offense and turned 18 turnovers by Marquette into 25 points.

ABOUT DUKE (28-8): Much of the Blue Devils’ inconsistency throughout the season was tied to injury woes, and they undoubtedly are among the nation’s most talented teams when healthy. Leading scorer Luke Kennard (19.8 points, 5.2 rebounds) managed just eight points on 3-of-12 shooting against Troy, yet the Blue Devils never were in danger thanks to 18 and 12 rebounds from freshman star Jayson Tatum (16.9 points, 7.5 rebounds) and 21 points off the bench from Allen (14.3, 3.5 assists). Amile Jefferson (10.8 points, 8.2 rebounds) also had a relatively quiet night Friday but could be a major factor against the Gamecocks.

Oddsmakers currently have the Blue Devils listed as 7-point favorites versus the Gamecocks, while the game’s total is sitting at 142½.

Duke was considered one of the hottest teams in the nation entering the NCAA Tournament, while South Carolina slipped into the 68-team field despite a late-season swoon. The seventh-seeded Gamecocks came to life in a blowout first-round win, however, making for an intriguing matchup with the No. 2 seed Blue Devils in the second round of the East Region on Sunday in Greenville, S.C.

The Gamecocks were somewhat of an afterthought after losing five of their last seven leading up to the event, but they used a dominant second half to rout Marquette 93-73 on Friday for their first NCAA Tournament win since 1973. They also figure to have something of a home-court advantage playing at Bon Secours Wellness Arena, although the Blue Devils say they relish the thought of a hostile environment. “We like a game with noise,” Duke guard Grayson Allen told reporters. “That brings energy. We like playing in buildings where it’s loud. It gives everybody on the court energy.” The Blue Devils had little trouble in their opening game, pounding Troy 87-65 and picking up where they left off in last week’s run through the ACC tournament.

Duke won its last outing, a 87-65 result against Trojans on March 17. They covered in that game as a -19.5-point favorite.

Last time out for South Carolina, they were a 93-73 winner as they battled Golden Eagles at home. They covered in the match as a +0-point underdog.

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South Carolina:
Team record: 23-10 SU,13-18 ATS
South Carolina is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games

Duke:
Team record: 28-8 SU,16-18-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 5 straight games.
Duke is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Duke is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Duke’s last 6 games

MARCH MADNESS BETTING TIPS

1. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski has made an NCAA-record 23 trips to the Sweet 16 as a coach.

2. The Blue Devils rank third in 3-point defense, holding opponents to 29.2 percent, while South Carolina is fifth at 29.7.

3. The Gamecocks force 17.3 turnovers per game – fifth-most in the nation – and record 7.9 steals per contest.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: South Carolina Gamecocks will cover the spread at +7 and the game will stay under 142½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Duke 72, South Carolina 70 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
S.CAR TEAM DUKE
72.7 PTS FOR 80.8
64.7 PTS AGNST 69.7
8.0 DIFF. 11.1
23.7 DEF REBOUNDS 25.8
12.6 OFF REBOUNDS 10.6
41.8 FG% 47.7
69.2 FT% 75.6
6.8 3 POINTERS 8.4
7.9 STEALS 6.1
BETTING TRENDS
SOUTH CAROLINA
No trends to report
DUKE
Duke is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Duke’s last 6 games
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
South Carolina’s Overall Scoring vs Duke’s Overall Defense 72.7 191 69.7 114
South Carolina’s Away Scoring vs Duke’s Home Defense 68.9 213 67.1 118
South Carolina’s Road Rebounds vs Duke’s Home Rebounds Allowed 34.2 202 32.6 94
Duke’s Overall Scoring vs South Carolina’s Overall Defense 80.8 27 64.7 30
Duke’s Home Scoring vs South Carolina’s Road Defense 84.7 32 68.8 48
Duke’s Home Rebounds vs South Carolina’s Road Rebounds Allowed 37.5 140 37.3 240

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