South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Florida Gators, Elite 8 Sports Betting Lines, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS FLORIDA GATORS
25-10 March 26, 2:20 PM | Madison Square Garden 27-8
South Carolina vs Florida, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 2:20 PM ET, Sunday, March 26, 2017
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
TV: 2:20 p.m. ET, CBS
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Sunday, March 26th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – EAST REGIONAL FINALS – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
721 –South Carolina Gamecocks +3.5 -110 +150 Ov 136.5 -110
722 –Florida Gators -3.5 -110 -170 Un 136.5 -110
 

The South Carolina Gamecocks and the Florida Gators will both be gunning for a victory on Sunday when they meet at Madison Square Garden.

ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA (25-10): Despite garnering SEC Player of the Year honors, the 6-5, 211-pound Thornwell was still somewhat under the radar on a national level before the NCAA Tournament but made the most of the big stage, averaging 25.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game while also connecting on 10-of-22 3-pointers. “He’s had an unbelievable year,” Gamecocks coach Frank Martin said adding, “I’m happy he’s getting the recognition he deserves.” Sophomore guard PJ Dozier (13.7 per game this season), senior guard Duane Notice (10.3) and 6-9 sophomore forward Chris Silva (10.1) join Thornwell (21.4) in averaging double figures for the Gamecocks, who try to advance to the Final Four for the first time.

ABOUT FLORIDA (27-8): Chiozza, who finished with eight points, five assists and four rebounds, will be remembered for his dramatic game-winner but it was the play of sophomore guard KeVaughn Allen that carried the Gators for most of the game. Allen, who leads the team in scoring (14.1), finished with 35 points against Wisconsin, a school record for an NCAA Tournament game. Senior guard Canyon Barry (11.6), son of NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry, and junior forward Devin Robinson (11.3) also average in double-digits for the Gators, who managed to adjust after losing top rebounder John Egbunu (7.8 points, 6.6 boards) to a torn left ACL in a Feb. 14 victory at Auburn.

Oddsmakers currently have the Gators listed as 3½-point favorites versus the Gamecocks, while the game’s total is sitting at 136½.

The third time really will be the charm for SEC rivals South Carolina and Florida, who split their regular-season series and meet in a rubber match Sunday afternoon in the NCAA Tournament East Region at Madison Square Garden with a spot in the Final Four on the line. To say the teams took different paths from the Sweet 16 to the Elite Eight would be an understatement.

Seventh-seeded South Carolina used an 18-0 first half run to back another strong defensive performance, forcing 16 turnovers while holding Baylor to 30.4 percent shooting to grind out a surprisingly lopsided 70-50 upset of the third-seeded Bears on Friday. “We’ve been doing it all season,” senior guard Sindarius Thornwell, the SEC Player of the Year, said after scoring a game-high 24 points and grabbing six rebounds. “Now, y’all gave us the stage to do it, and we’re just showcasing what we’ve been doing all season.” Fourth-seeded Florida advanced with a dramatic 84-83 overtime victory over No. 8 seed Wisconsin, winning on junior guard Chris Chiozza’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer five minutes after guard Zak Showalter capped a late 12-point Badgers comeback with a dramatic leaping, one-legged 3-pointer of his own to force overtime. “I don’t know how it happened, I just know it went in,”Chiozza said. “Now, we have another game to play.”

Florida was a 84-83 winner in their most recent outing at home against Badgers. They earned a push of the -1-point spread as favorites.

Last time out for South Carolina, they were a 70-50 winner as they battled Bears on the road. They covered in the match as a +3-point underdog.

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South Carolina:
Team record: 25-10 SU,15-18 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
South Carolina is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games
South Carolina is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
South Carolina is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games when playing Florida

Florida:
Team record: 27-8 SU,20-13-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Florida is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida’s last 7 games
Florida is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing South Carolina

NCAA HOOPS TIPS

1. Barry, who is shooting a team-best 88.3 percent from the line, shoots his free throws underhand like his famous father and set a school record by making 42 in a row earlier this season.

2. South Carolina, which ranks fifth nationally in turnovers forced per game (17.3), has forced at least 15 turnovers in a game 29 times this season.

3. Allen scored 26 points to lead Florida to a 81-66 home victory over the Gamecocks on Feb. 21 and Thornwell had 20 to lead South Carolina to a 57-53 victory over the visiting Gators on Jan. 18.

Vegas Coverage picks and prediction:
Picks: Florida Gators will cover the spread at -3.5 and the game will stay under 136.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Florida 67, South Carolina 63 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
S.CAR TEAM FLA
73.1 PTS FOR 78.1
64.8 PTS AGNST 66.2
8.3 DIFF. 11.9
23.8 DEF REBOUNDS 25.7
12.6 OFF REBOUNDS 11.5
42.0 FG% 45.1
69.8 FT% 72.5
6.8 3 POINTERS 7.7
7.9 STEALS 7.5
BETTING TRENDS
SOUTH CAROLINA
No trends to report
FLORIDA
Florida is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida’s last 7 games
Florida is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing South Carolina
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
South Carolina’s Overall Scoring vs Florida’s Overall Defense 73.1 182 66.2 45
South Carolina’s Away Scoring vs Florida’s Home Defense 70.4 171 64.3 56
South Carolina’s Road Rebounds vs Florida’s Home Rebounds Allowed 34.8 164 33.7 134
Florida’s Overall Scoring vs South Carolina’s Overall Defense 78.1 64 64.8 31
Florida’s Home Scoring vs South Carolina’s Road Defense 77.6 137 68.3 42
Florida’s Home Rebounds vs South Carolina’s Road Rebounds Allowed 37.9 118 37.0 229

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