Virginia vs South Carolina NCAAB Odds & Game Preview

Virginia vs South Carolina NCAAB Odds & Game Preview

Written by on December 19, 2018

Top 5 ranked Virginia heads to South Carolina in what’s already an important matchup for the Gamecocks. At 4-5, South Carolina can ill afford more losses. The Gamecocks must already consider this a resume padding game. If they win, they look much better in the eyes of the selection committee come March. Do they have any shot versus Virginia? Let’s take a look at the latest college basketball odds.

Virginia vs South Carolina NCAAB Odds & Game Preview

  • When: Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7:00 pm ET
  • Where: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC
  • TV: SEC Net
  • ATS Odds: Virginia -9.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under Total Odds: 133.5 (-110)

Why #3 Virginia Cavaliers are a good bet at -9.5?

The Cavaliers are 9-0, but, so far, they aren’t just one-dimensional. In years past, UVA relied on an incredible defense that dominated opponents. If you could break down Virginia’s defense, you could hang a loss onto the Cavaliers.

Not anymore. Virginia now battles the way balanced teams do. For sure the defense is still great, but the Cavaliers can also score. They hung 76 onto Maryland in a 76-71 win because the Terps wanted to run. That makes UVA one of the top teams in the nation.

Team Statistics

  • Points/G: 72.8
  • Field Goal %: 47.2
  • 3-Point %: 39.1
  • Free Throw %: 76.2
  • Rebounds/G: 32.8
  • Points/G: 51.2
  • Field Goal %: 38.6
  • 3-Point %: 27
  • Free Throw %: 62.1
  • Rebounds/G: 27.1

Why South Carolina Gamecocks are a good bet at +9.5?

Is South Carolina a safe NCAAB betting pick on Wednesday?

The SEC is deep this year with UK, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Tennessee all with only a loss or two losses. The South Carolina Gamecocks can’t afford to fall even further behind in the win/loss column.

Sounds crazy, but SC will be in desperation mode already on Dec. 19. They must start winning games. If South Carolina doesn’t, they could be shut out of the NCAA Tournament before the end of 2018.

Team Statistics

  • Points/G: 74.7
  • Field Goal %: 42.4
  • 3-Point %: 31.7
  • Free Throw %: 70.3
  • Rebounds/G: 38.1
  • Points/G: 72.4
  • Field Goal %: 40.2
  • 3-Point %: 38.5
  • Free Throw %: 74.4
  • Rebounds/G: 32.8

NCAAB Betting Trends for Virginia vs South Carolina

  • Virginia is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 games
  • Virginia is 5-0 SU in the last 5 games
  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Virginia’s last 6 games
  • South Carolina is 2-8-1 ATS in the last 11 games
  • South Carolina is 2-4 SU in the last 6 games
  • The total went OVER in 6 of South Carolina’s last 8 games

Virginia vs South Carolina Final NCAAB Betting Analysis

One trend that’s not listed above is how the South Carolina Gamecocks are 0-5 ATS at home in their last 5. The Gamecocks aren’t doing anything right at this point in the season. Even though they’re desperate for a victory, one should be close to impossible to come by because they face the best defensive team in college basketball on Tuesday night.

Virginia figures to rock South Carolina with at least a 14 point victory. UVA could win by 20 to 30 if the Gamecocks come out flat.

NCAAB Betting Pick: Virginia -9.5
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