Tennessee vs South Carolina Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Saturday, February 25, 2023

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The South Carolina Gamecocks’ (10-18, 3-12 SEC) SEC schedule includes Saturday’s game against the Tennessee Volunteers (20-8, 9-6 SEC) at Thompson-Boling Arena. It begins at 6:00 PM ET on SEC Network.

The Volunteers are currently huge 22.5-point favorites against the Gamecocks. The game’s over/under is 129.5.

Tennessee vs. South Carolina Odds

Point Spread for Tennessee vs. South Carolina

The spread for this matchup is set at 22.5 points, with bookmakers listing Tennessee as the favorite.

Tennessee vs. South Carolina Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Tennessee has -8859 odds to pick up the win, while South Carolina is listed at +1813 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 129.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, February 25, 2023
  • Game Time: 6:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: SEC Network
  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Arena: Thompson-Boling Arena

Tennessee vs. South Carolina Betting Trends

In the Tennessee’s 28 games this year, it has 14 wins against the spread. The Volunteers have been victorious in 16, or 72.7%, of the 22 contests they have been chosen as favorites in this season. Tennessee has gone over the point total in 39.3% of its opportunities this year (11 times in 28 games with a set point total).

South Carolina has 15 wins against the spread in 28 games this year. The Gamecocks have a 6-17 record in games they were listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 26.1% of those games). South Carolina’s games this year have hit the over on 14 of 28 set point totals (50%).

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Tennessee vs. South Carolina Key Players to Watch


Zakai Zeigler is tops on his team in assists per game (5.3), and also posts 10.9 points and 2.9 rebounds. At the other end, he averages 2.0 steals and 0.2 blocked shots. Santiago Vescovi puts up 12.6 points and 2.8 assists per game — both team highs. He is also averaging 4.6 rebounds, shooting 39.6% from the field and 36.1% from beyond the arc with 2.6 made 3-pointers per contest. Olivier Nkamhoua averages 10.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game, shooting 51.5% from the floor. Julian Phillips is posting 9.0 points, 1.6 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game.

South Carolina

Gregory ‘GG’ Jackson II is the Gamecocks’ top scorer (15.5 points per game) and rebounder (6.0), and averages 0.8 assists. Meechie Johnson Jr. is posting a team-leading 3.5 assists per contest. He’s also delivering 13.0 points and 3.9 rebounds, hitting 36.4% of his shots from the floor, and 34.2% from beyond the arc resulting in 2.5 treys per game. The Gamecocks receive 11.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game from Hayden Brown. Josh Gray is averaging 4.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 0.5 assists per contest, making 53.3% of his shots from the field.

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What you need to know about the Tennessee Volunteers

Tennessee has compiled a 6-9-0 conference record against the spread this season. The Volunteers are putting up 71.4 points per game this year (185th-ranked in college basketball), but they’ve really thrived defensively, giving up only 57.1 points per contest (third-best). Tennessee ranks 10th-best in the country by grabbing 36.6 boards per game. In terms of rebounds allowed, it ranks 69th in college basketball (29.1 allowed per contest).

The Volunteers are putting up 76.2 points per game when playing at home. On the road, they are averaging 66.8 points per contest. This year, Tennessee is sinking 7.7 three-pointers per game (145th-ranked in college basketball) and is shooting 32.0% (296th-ranked) from downtown. The Volunteers are playing well in terms of defending against three-pointers, as they rank 16th-best in college basketball in treys allowed (5.5 per game) and best in three-point percentage allowed (25.0%).

The Volunteers have gone 5-5 in their past 10 contests, with a 4-6 record against the spread in that span. Four of Tennessee’s last 10 contests have gone over the total. Tennessee has seen a downturn in scoring lately, racking up 66.4 points per game in its last 10 outings, 5.0 points fewer than the 71.4 it has scored this season. Tennessee’s defense has been less stingy lately, as the team has allowed 62.3 points per game during its past 10 compared to the 57.1 points per game its opponents average on the season.

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What you need to know about the South Carolina Gamecocks

South Carolina has put together an 8-7-0 ATS record so far this season in conference games. Offensively the Gamecocks are the 329th-ranked team in college basketball (65.1 points per game). Defensively they are 268th (73.0 points conceded per game). South Carolina collects 31.4 rebounds per game and give up 33.0 boards, ranking 208th and 298th, respectively, in college basketball.

The Gamecocks are scoring fewer points at home (63.4 per game) than on the road (70.7). In 2022-23, South Carolina is 104th in the country in 3-point makes (8.1 per game) and 235th in 3-point percentage (33.3%). The Gamecocks are 184th in the country in 3-pointers allowed (7.2 per game) and 193rd in 3-point percentage defensively (34.0%).

The Gamecocks have gone 2-8 in their last 10 contests, with a 6-4 record against the spread during that span. Seven of South Carolina’s last 10 games have gone over the total. South Carolina is compiling 67.8 points per game in its previous 10 games, compared to its season average of 65.1. The Gamecocks are giving up 74.4 points per contest over their last 10 games, which is 1.4 more points than they are allowing for the season (73.0).

Tennessee vs. South Carolina Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this contest is Tennessee, and we project that South Carolina will cover the spread (Tennessee -22.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 129.5 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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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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