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College Basketball Betting Pick & Prediction: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. South Carolina Gamecocks - February 22, 2023

February 22, 2023

The 2nd-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide are set to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks Wednesday night inside the Colonial Life Arena, in Columbia, South Carolina. They jump it up at 9 pm. The Tide is favored by close to 18 points in this one.Alabama Crimson Tide Betting PreviewThe Tide (23-4) have won five of six overall and have put together a solid season as this spurt has allowed them to push their record to 23-4 overall. They have a ton of depth and talent and they also have a ton of athleticism. They are fresh off a 108-59 blowout win over Georgia, in a game that was not even remotely close. The game was over at the half as the Tide led 54-24 heading into the locker room and they never looked back. On offense, they are led by forward Brandon Miller, who averages around 19 points per contest to pace all scorers on the club. He also adds in a team-high eight rebounds to go along with two assists per contest. He has shown how versatile he can be as he plays both ends of the floor with the best of them. They average 35% from beyond the arc while connecting on 45% from the floor overall as a whole unit. They can push the pace and they know how to get out and run with the best of them, as proven by their deep guard play. South Carolina Gamecocks Betting PreviewThe Gamecocks (10-17) have been bad all season long and they sit in the 12th place in the SEC and right now they are just playing out the string and playing for pride. They would love nothing more than to pull off an upset against one of the best teams in the country and to do it, they will need a great effort from all five starters including their bench. They have dropped nine of 11 overall and have seen their record dip to a very unimpressive 10-17 on the season. They can only hope a player like freshman forward Gregory Jackson can go off and pace them. He nets around 16 a contest and has had moments where he has had some big games. He scored 30 in a loss to Auburn earlier in the season. They shoot 33% from the floor from beyond the arc, while connecting on 40% from the floor overall. From the line, they drain just 65% from the charity stripe and that is not going to get it done against a team like the Tide, who do not allow teams to get to the line. Game Odds, Series Trends and Free PickS.Carolina is 2-3 in their last five games and 4-1 in their last five games against the spread, while going 8-3 in their road games against the number. The totals have gone over in three of their last five games. The totals have also gone over in three of their last 16 games at home so the under should be in play here. Bama is 4-1 in their last five games and 3-2 in their last five games against the spread and 7-4 in their road games against the number, while the totals have gone over in two of their last five games.This game can get ugly early, and if S. Carolina does not slow down the pace they will get blown out against a motivated Tide team. Persian Pick: Bama - 18