The South Carolina Gamecocks (7-4, 0-0 SEC) and Virginia Cavaliers (9-1, 2-0 ACC) do battle at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville at 3 p.m. ET Sunday. We analyze the South Carolina-Virginia odds and betting lines, while providing college basketball betting tips and advice on this matchup.
The Cavaliers are ranked seventh in the USA TODAY Sports men’s basketball coaches poll.
South Carolina at Virginia: Three things you need to know
1. UVA is a perfect 6-0 at home this season, and the Cavaliers have allowed an average of just 41.3 points per game in those six outings. Vermont had the highest production with 55 points in a game Nov. 19.
2. South Carolina ranks just 213th in points scored with 70.6 PPG, and it is 321st in the nation with a success rate of just 28.8% from behind the 3-point line.
3. The Gamecocks have failed to cover the spread in six of the past eight, while the Wahoos are just 1-7 ATS in the past eight overall, so something’s gotta give.
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South Carolina at Virginia: Odds, betting lines and picks
Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Virginia 58, South Carolina 51
PASS. Talk about chalk. Virginia (-650) is going to win, but the price is too high – every $6.50 wagered on the Cavaliers ML will only profit $1 if they prevail. South Carolina (+475) offers close to a 5-to-1 payoff, but it ain’t happening.
Against the Spread (ATS)
SOUTH CAROLINA (+10.5, -110) is catching double digits on the road, and that’s a little much. The Gamecocks aren’t a great team, but they’re not bad, either. While they have struggled with the perimeter shooting, they’ll be able to get some inside scoring against Virginia (-10.5, -110). The Wahoos don’t blow anyone out, but they aren’t about to lose this one, either.
UNDER 112 (-110) is the play, as this one isn’t going over 110. In this day and age that sounds crazy to say, but Virginia just tosses a blanket on the opposition and teams struggle to score 50 against the Cavs. In fact, that’s considered a ‘good’ day.
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