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#753 Vanderbilt 143.5 vs.
#754 South Carolina -12
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 8:00pm EST
Written by Philly Flash



#753 Vanderbilt University
#754 University of South Carolina


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Vanderbilt Commodores vs South Carolina Gamecocks

Where: Colonial Life Arena

When: Saturday, January 25, 2020, 8:00 pm ET

We have a Southeastern Conference (SEC) matchup to consider for Saturday evening when the Vanderbilt Commodores meet the South Carolina Gamecocks for an evening of SEC college basketball. Vanderbilt enters this game hoping to end a six-game losing streak and South Carolina enters this matchup coming off a road loss to Auburn.

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Commodores Six Game Losing Streak

Vanderbilt is 8-10 overall with a 0-5 record in conference play this season. The Commodores have lost six straight and Saturday marks game one of a two-game road trip. Vanderbilt is 0-3 this season on the road and is tied with Ole Miss for the last place in the conference.

The Commodores score an average of 73.4 points while allowing 73 points per game. Vanderbilt is shooting 43.7 percent from the field, 33.8 percent from downtown and 68.2 percent from the charity stripe this season.

Vanderbilt has three players scoring in double figures and is led by sophomore forward Aaron Nesmith. The sophomore forward is out for the year with a foot injury and the Commodores will look to junior guard Saben Lee and his 15.8 points with a team high 4.7 assists to lead the team. Saben is shooting 31.3 percent from downtown and scored 19 points with four steals in the Commodores home loss to Alabama.

Gamecocks Fall to Auburn

South Carolina is 2-3 in the SEC with an overall record of 10-8 this season. The Gamecocks are 6-4 this season at home and have lost three of their last five games. Saturday marks a one-off homestand followed by one road game and the Gamecocks are sixth in the conference standings.

The Gamecocks score an average of 69.7 points per game and allow 66.9 points per game this season. South Carolina makes 42.9 percent of its field goal attempts, 30.7 percent of its triple tries with a 60.5 percent free-throw shooting percentage.

South Carolina has two players scoring in double figures and is led by sophomore guard A.J. Lawson. Lawson scores an average of 13.7 points per game with 3.2 caroms with 2.1assists per night. Lawson knocks down 33.3 percent of his triple attempts and scored 11 points with four rebounds in the Gamecocks road loss to Auburn.

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I will take South Carolina in this matchup. Without Nesmith, the Commodores have real trouble on both ends of the floor and the Gamecocks can and will exploit this on Saturday. South Carolina is going to smoke Vanderbilt on the boards and that’s going to be the difference in the basketball game. I will play South Carolina to defeat Vanderbilt in this matchup. 

Prediction: South Carolina

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My math has this one ending at 149 points and that seems to fall a little bit on the high side. South Carolina has a top 100 defense and they will flex their muscles and beat the daylights out of Vanderbilt. South Carolina plays much faster than Vanderbilt and the pace up will create more Vanderbilt turnovers but that won’t make the score go any higher because the rest of the Gamecocks offense isn’t that good. I will play UNDER 149 points and above in this matchup.

Prediction: Under

Written By Phil Naessens , "Philly Flash"

Phil Naessens is a professional high-performance tennis coach, writer, and radio host currently based in Cleveland Ohio. Phil is also known as “Fantasy Phil” and has a high level of experience as a former professional Daily Fantasy Sports player with 18 GPP wins. He is now solely focused on sports handicapping and sports betting and has joined OUR TEAM to help everyone win on a consistent basis.