Tennessee vs South Carolina Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Saturday, January 7, 2023

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The Tennessee Volunteers (12-2, 2-0 SEC) will attempt to continue a three-game winning run when visiting the South Carolina Gamecocks (7-7, 0-1 SEC) on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at Colonial Life Arena. It airs at 3:30 PM ET.

Saturday’s matchup between the Volunteers and the Gamecocks sees the Volunteers as an enormous, 17.5-point favorite. The point total for the game is 127.5.

Tennessee vs. South Carolina Odds

Point Spread for Tennessee vs. South Carolina

The spread for this matchup is set at 17.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Tennessee as the favorite.

Tennessee vs. South Carolina Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Tennessee has -2136 odds to pick up the win, while South Carolina is listed at +986 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 127.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, January 7, 2023
  • Game Time: 3:30 PM ET
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Arena: Colonial Life Arena

Tennessee vs. South Carolina Betting Trends

In the Tennessee’s 14 games this season, it has eight wins against the spread. The Volunteers have been victorious in eight of the nine contests they have been chosen as favorites in this season. Tennessee’s games this year have hit the over on five of 14 set point totals.

In South Carolina’s 14 games this year, it has eight wins against the spread. The Gamecocks have gone 3-6 in games they were listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 33.3% of those games). South Carolina’s games this year have gone over the total in five of 14 opportunities (35.7%).

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Tennessee vs. South Carolina Key Players to Watch


Zakai Zeigler paces his team in assists per contest (3.8), and also posts 10.7 points and 3.1 rebounds. At the other end, he puts up 2.3 steals and 0.2 blocked shots. Santiago Vescovi is tops on the Volunteers at 12.8 points per contest, while also putting up 3.3 assists and 4.2 rebounds. Olivier Nkamhoua posts 11.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest, shooting 57.3% from the floor. Julian Phillips averages 10.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest, shooting 37.7% from the field.

South Carolina

Gregory ‘GG’ Jackson II is the Gamecocks’ top scorer (16.9 points per game) and rebounder (7.5), and contributes 0.6 assists. Hayden Brown gives the Gamecocks 11.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He also delivers 0.8 steals and 0.6 blocked shots. Meechie Johnson Jr. is the Gamecocks’ top assist man (3.7 per game), and he delivers 11.6 points and 4.3 rebounds. The Gamecocks receive 12.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game from Chico Carter Jr..

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What you need to know about the Tennessee Volunteers

Tennessee went 12-9-0 ATS in conference action last season. The Volunteers are scoring 74.7 points per game this season (130th-ranked in college basketball), but they’ve really played well on defense, allowing just 53.2 points per game (third-best). Tennessee is top-25 this year in rebounding, ranking 13th-best in college basketball with 37.7 boards per game. Meanwhile, it ranks 47th with 28.3 rebounds allowed per contest.

Tennessee is draining 8.1 threes per game (112th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while sporting a 33.8% three-point percentage (189th-ranked). The Volunteers are thriving when it comes to defending against three-pointers, as they rank third-best in college basketball in three-pointers allowed (4.7 per game) and best in three-point percentage allowed (21.2%).

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What you need to know about the South Carolina Gamecocks

Last season, 13 of South Carolina’s conference games hit the over. The Gamecocks score 65.9 points per game and allow 70.1, making them 319th in the nation offensively and 216th defensively. In 2022-23, South Carolina is 97th in college basketball in rebounds (34.3 per game) and 149th in rebounds allowed (30.7).

At home the Gamecocks are putting up 69.2 points per game, 0.3 fewer points than they are averaging on the road (69.5). At 7.9 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 32.4% from downtown, South Carolina is 146th and 257th in the nation, respectively, in those categories. The Gamecocks give up 7.4 3-pointers per game and concede 35% from beyond the arc, ranking 219th and 282nd, respectively, in the country.

Tennessee vs. South Carolina Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this game is Tennessee, and we project that Tennessee will cover the spread (Tennessee -17.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 127.5 points.

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How to bet Tennessee vs. South Carolina

You can bet on Tennessee vs. South Carolina at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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