South Carolina (22-10) vs. Marquette (19-12) Prediction & Game Preview
NCAA Tournament: South Carolina vs. Marquette fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Friday, March 17
Game Time: 9:50 ET
Venue: Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, SC
All You Really Need To Know About South Carolina
(SEC) RPI: 43, 7 seed
You know what you’re going to get out of a Frank Martin team. The struggling Gamecocks – they’ve lost six of their last nine games – don’t turn it over, they attack the ball and create a ton of steals, and they jump all over the boards with the defense creating opportunities for the offense.
However, scoring, at times, is like pulling teeth. There’s nothing happening from three, the free throw shooting stinks, and there’s no ball movement. But that defense is just strong enough to dictate the tempo.
All You Really Need To Know About Marquette
(Big East) RPI: 60, 10 seed
Where’s the defense? The Golden Eagles can’t rebound, and they give up 75 points per game with offenses able to hit just about everything and anything – making 46% of their shots – but the O can bomb its way into wins.
One of the nation’s best three-point shooting teams, they lead the nation in percentage hitting 43% of their tries and connecting on 10.5 shots per game from beyond the arc. They come up with a ton of steals, and they average close to 83 points per game, but they can’t get bogged down in a slow-tempo, half-court game.
What’s Going To Happen
Really? South Carolina – a 7th seed – gets the massive break by getting to play its first round game in … South Carolina? Will that be enough to overcome the offensive issues? Can the defense be good enough to slow down a Golden Eagle team that cranks up the points in bunches?
The home court advantage will be a factor, as will the toughness from the defense to hold off the high-powered Marquette attack.
Fearless Prediction & Line
South Carolina 70, Marquette 66
Line: South Carolina -1.5
ATS Confidence: 1.5
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