No. 16 Auburn back home to face SC

Ruben Hill
January 23, 2020

Auburn shot 46%, including 14 of 27 in the second half, and outscored SC 38-16 in bench points. The Gamecocks have beaten Clemson and Virginia on the road already this season, and are coming off a buzzer-beating win over Kentucky at home. For the Gators, Kerry Blackshear Jr. has averaged 14.8 points and 8.9 rebounds while Keyontae Johnson has put up 12.5 points and 6.6 rebounds.

Jair Bolden's seven points fueled a 14-4 run that pulled SC within 48-47 with 14:45 remaining. The Gamecocks out rebounded Texas A&M, 38 to 27.

Cambridge, who played 21 minutes, entered the game with season highs of 16 minutes, 10 points, two 3-pointers made and four 3-pointers attempted.

The Tigers (15-2, 3-2 SEC) had their 15-game winning streak snapped last week with an 83-64 collapse at Alabama, and then lost 69-47 at Florida on Saturday. The big difference was at the foul line, where the Tigers were 18 of 21 while the Gamecocks went 3 of 9. Auburn allowed Florida to connect on 50% of their shots from the floor. Auburn trailed by 5 points at the half.

The over is 4-2 in Gamecocks last 6 games. The Tigers' leading scorer (14.6 ppg.) shot a combined five of 23 overall and two of 9 from long range the last two games.

After a full weekend of back-to-back games, the Tigers travel back home to face Kennesaw State at Jane B. Moore Field on Thursday, Feb. 13. After being outrebounded 42-30 against Florida, they have enjoyed a plus-18 advantage on the boards in the last three games.

The Gamecocks have been solid on the road this season, having gone 4-1. The Auburn Tigers will enter their 2020 season ranked 22nd in the nation under head coach, Mikey Dean.

One of the things that has become apparent to coach Pearl and the Tigers is that teams around the SEC have been studying their game. The Tigers are averaging 10 more points per contest than SC. Defensively, the two teams are about equal.

After a 15-0 start to the regular season, Auburn suffered back-to-back blowout losses at Alabama and Florida dropping the team 12 spots, to No. 16 in the latest AP poll. "When I say 'tough, ' I don't mean like let's go get in a fight". Each team is horrendous from the charity stripe. 17-15 SC. Final score prediction, Auburn will win and cover, 74-61. I'll side with Auburn at home, as the Tigers do shoot the ball better from the line and are ideal at home.

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