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How and what to watch for No. 12 Arkansas vs. South Carolina

Arkansas hasn’t lost in about a month, while the Gamecocks have taken an L in four of their last five.

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Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Eric Musselman reacts to a call during the second half against the Missouri Tigers at Mizzou Arena. Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Arkansas Razorbacks will be trying to extend their hot streak on Tuesday when they head to Columbia to take on the struggling South Carolina Gamecocks.

The Razorbacks (19-5, 11-4 SEC) head into Tuesday as winners of their last six games. Over that span, they’ve taken down two ranked teams and have been outscoring their opponents by an average of nearly 10 points. On the season, Arkansas is allowing just 70 points per game to their opponents, and are ranked as KenPom’s 13th-best defense in the country. On offense, they’re scoring over 80 points per game and are led by Moses Moody, who is averaging close to 17 points per contest.

South Carolina (6-12, 4-10 SEC) has had a tough time in 2021, having only won once in their last eight games. KenPom has them ranked just inside the top 100 teams in the country at 94. On defense, they’ve been struggling, allowing close to 80 points per game while only scoring 73 points per game themselves. They’re led in scoring by AJ Lawson with 17 points per game, but if the Razorbacks can shut him down, it should be hard for the USC offense to get anything going.

KenPom is giving Arkansas a 77% chance to come away with a win in this game.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Arkansas vs. South Carolina on Tuesday, March 2nd at 6:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the ESPN app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Arkansas -7
Point Total: 156.5
Money line: Arkansas -305, South Carolina +240

  • Arkansas has been covering like crazy, going undefeated ATS in their last six games.
  • The Razorbacks are also reliable scorers, having the over hit in nine of their last 10 games.
  • USC has also seen the over hit in four of their last five games.
  • The Gamecocks can’t cover recently, going 1-4 ATS in their last five.

The Best Bet

Arkansas’s averaging scoring margin is 12 despite the stiff competition in the SEC, so extending its winning streak to seven games by double-digits against one of the worst teams in their conference seems likely. South Carolina has lost its home games by an average of 13 points. The Razorbacks are .500 on the road but seem poised to beat up on a significantly inferior opponent.

Pick: Arkansas -7

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