South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Baylor Bears, Sweet 16 Odds, NCAA College Basketball Betting, Picks and Prediction

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SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS BAYLOR BEARS
24-10 March 24, 7:29 PM | Madison Square Garden 27-7
South Carolina vs Baylor, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 7:29 PM ET, Friday, March 24, 2017
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
TV: 7:29 p.m. ET, TBS

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Friday, March 24th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – EAST REGIONAL SEMIFINALS – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
873 –South Carolina Gamecocks +3½ -108 +147 Ov 135 -110
874 –Baylor Bears -3½ -112 -167 Un 135 -110
 

The fans at Madison Square Garden will be treated to a game between the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Baylor Bears when they take their seats on Friday.

ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA (24-10): SEC Player of the Year Sindarius Thornwell was somewhat under the radar nationally until Sunday’s upset of Duke when the 6-5 senior guard filled up the stat sheet with 24 points, six rebounds and a team-high five assists as the Gamecocks exploded for 65 second-half points. Thornwell leads the team in scoring (21.4), rebounding (7.3) and steals (2.2) while shooting 39.8 percent from 3-point range and is the leader of a tough and physical defense that forced 18 Duke turnovers. Chris Silva, a 6-9 sophomore forward, added a career-high 17 points to go along with 10 rebounds against the Blue Devils and is averaging 10.0 points and 5.8 rebounds.

ABOUT BAYLOR (27-7): This marks the fourth time in 14 seasons under Scott Drew that the Bears made it to the Sweet 16 and they’ve advanced to the Elite Eight twice with wins over Saint Mary’s in 2010 and Xavier in 2012 while losing to No. 2 seed Wisconsin in 2014. Motley, a 6-10 junior forward who has played himself into NBA lottery consideration, leads the team in scoring (17.3) and led the Big 12 in rebounding (9.9), and had 19 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in the Bears’ 82-78 second-round victory over USC. Junior point guard Manu Lecomte (12.3) is the only other player averaging in double figures but 7-0 junior forward Jo Lual-Acuil Jr., who averages 9.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks, and junior guard Al Freeman, who had 21 points in the team’s 91-73 first-round victory over New Mexico State, have also been impact performers.

Oddsmakers currently have the Bears listed as 3½-point favorites versus the Gamecocks, while the game’s total is sitting at 135.

Seventh-seeded South Carolina takes part in the school’s first Sweet 16 under the current NCAA Tournament format when it faces third-seeded Baylor on Friday night in the East Region at Madison Square Garden in New York. And Gamecocks coach Frank Martin, whose team advanced thanks to what some are calling the biggest win in school history — an 88-81 upset of second-seeded Duke on Sunday night, wants to make sure his team isn’t satisfied just to be there.

South Carolina, which tied Arkansas for third place in the SEC, had barely began celebrating the victory over the Blue Devils in the locker room when Martin told his squad, “Hey, let’s go win this thing.” Mighty big talk for a team that hadn’t won an NCAA Tournament game in 44 years until knocking off No. 10 seed Marquette 93-73 in the first round but Martin wasn’t backing down when asked about the comment during a press conference this week. “I was too emotional to talk,” Martin said, “and at the same time I want those kids to believe (that) you guys have earned the right to go to the Sweet 16, that means you’re good enough to play anyone in the country. … I thought it was a powerful moment to let them know. It’s doesn’t mean that we’re going to win it but I believe we can win it.” With No. 1 Villanova and No. 2 Duke out of the way in the East, Baylor, which began the year unranked, also has it sights set on getting to the Final Four as All-American forward Johnathan Motley told reporters: “I’m thankful for the opportunity and I want to take advantage of it.”

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NCAA HOOPS TIPS

1. Baylor is 9-1 against SEC teams since the 2012-13 season, including two wins over South Carolina.

2. The Duke win marked the 28th time this season that South Carolina forced at least 15 turnovers in a game.

3. The Gamecocks shots 63 percent and averaged 59.5 points in the second halves of their NCAA Tournament wins over Marquette and Duke.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Baylor Bears will cover the spread at -3.5 and the game will go over 135 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Baylor 75, South Carolina 69 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
S.CAR TEAM BAYLR
73.1 PTS FOR 73.5
65.2 PTS AGNST 63.5
7.9 DIFF. 10.1
23.6 DEF REBOUNDS 25.1
12.6 OFF REBOUNDS 12.8
41.9 FG% 47.6
69.8 FT% 72.5
6.8 3 POINTERS 6.7
7.9 STEALS 5.1
BETTING TRENDS
SOUTH CAROLINA
No trends to report
BAYLOR
Baylor is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
Baylor is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Baylor’s last 6 games
Baylor is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing South Carolina
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
South Carolina’s Overall Scoring vs Baylor’s Overall Defense 73.2 180 63.5 21
South Carolina’s Away Scoring vs Baylor’s Home Defense 70.4 170 61.0 19
South Carolina’s Road Rebounds vs Baylor’s Home Rebounds Allowed 34.4 194 28.9 9
Baylor’s Overall Scoring vs South Carolina’s Overall Defense 73.5 171 65.2 33
Baylor’s Home Scoring vs South Carolina’s Road Defense 74.1 223 69.7 63
Baylor’s Home Rebounds vs South Carolina’s Road Rebounds Allowed 37.9 119 37.0 229

 

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