College Basketball Predictions: South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Friday, 12/6/13, 9:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Oklahoma State -17.5
Current Betting Line: Oklahoma State -17.5
Opening Total: N/A
Current Total: N/A
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
South Carolina snapped a two-game losing streak by picking up an 84-72 victory over Florida International as 10.5-point home favorites on Nov. 24, while going OVER the betting total of 136.5. The Gamecocks have two probable starters averaging in double figures, with freshman guard Sindarious Thornwell leading the way in scoring 13.0 points a contest. Second-year head coach Frank Martin owns a 4-3 SU all-time record against Oklahoma State, as he faced them numerous times during his time at Kansas State. South Carolina is 0-7 SU and 5-2 ATS as road underdogs of 12.5 or more points the last two-plus seasons.
The Gamecocks could receive a lift by the return of senior guard Bruce Ellington on the floor, who was the leading receiver on the school’s football team in the fall. South Carolina has dropped its two road games this season—mainly due to shooting just 35.7 percent from the field. Under Martin, the program is 11-6 SU when scoring more points in the paint than its opponent, which is important to consider when making your college basketball predictions Friday night.
Oklahoma State returns home after playing four games away from Gallagher-Iba Arena, as it continues to be led by an offense that averages nearly 92 points per game, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page. The Cowboys have five players that are averaging double figures, with most of the attention being given to Markel Brown and Marcus Smart, who are scoring 16.9 and 20.5 points a game respectively. Oklahoma State is 10-0 SU and 6-3-1 ATS as home favorites of 12.5 or more points the last two-plus seasons.
The Cowboys need to pick up their intensity on the defensive end, as they generated an average of 9.3 turnovers during their recent three tournament games, which was far lower than their 18.3 per game to open up the season. Oklahoma State may need a huge performance from reserve Phil Forte, who has knocked down 56.1 percent of his shots from beyond the arc during the 2013-14 campaign.
Sports bettors will likely back the Cowboys due to their 23-5-2 ATS mark in their last 30 home games versus a team with a road winning percentage of less than .400.
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