Florida vs South Carolina Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for January 25 (Defense Reigns Supreme in SEC Showdown)

Larry Rupp
Florida vs South Carolina prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Florida vs South Carolina prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/Mark Zaleski
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Florida vs South Carolina Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • Florida (11-8, 4-3 SEC) vs. South Carolina (8-11, 1-5 SEC)
  • Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center -- Gainesville, Florida

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Wednesday with an exciting matchup between the South Carolina Gamecocks and Florida Gators. South Carolina is coming off an 81-66 loss to Auburn on Saturday where G.G. Jackson tallied 30 points (10-of-21 shooting) and 8 rebounds.

Meanwhile, Florida took down Mississippi State by a score of 61-59 on Saturday to climb over the .500 mark in SEC play. Colin Castleton and Will Richard combined for 25 points on the day. It was the defense that shined brightest, though, as the Gators held the Rebels to a low 39.3% shooting mark.

Florida vs South Carolina Odds & Spread

Florida enters this contest as clear home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 133.5 points, which is about average compared to Wednesday's projected totals.

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Florida vs South Carolina Betting Trends

  • Florida has 10 wins in 19 games against the spread this year.
  • The Gators have an ATS record of 3-1 as 16.5-point favorites or more.
  • Florida has played 19 games this season, and six of them have gone over the total.
  • Against the spread, South Carolina is 9-10-0 this year.
  • The Gamecocks have two wins ATS (2-1) as a 16.5-point underdog or more this season.
  • There have been eight South Carolina games (out of 19) that hit the over this season.
Florida Rank Florida AVG South Carolina AVG South Carolina Rank
164th 72.3 Points Scored 63.8 342nd
74th 65.3 Points Allowed 72.6 273rd
123rd 33.3 Rebounds 31.5 211th
261st 7.7 Off. Rebounds 10.4 51st
241st 6.9 3pt Made 7.6 165th
271st 12.1 Assists 10.6 342nd
95th 11.4 Turnovers 12.1 167th

Florida vs South Carolina Prediction & Pick

A few early out of conference wins have helped overshadow what has been a forgettable season for South Carolina. The Gamecocks have earned only one win in SEC play and rank 345th in the country when it comes to shooting percentage (39.6%). They also rank 329th in average scoring margin (-8.8).

Scoring against this Florida defense is not going to be any easier. The Gators are giving up only 65.3 points per game (No. 61 in NCAA) and and opponent shooting mark of 39.9% (No. 23 in NCAA). Keep in mind head coach Todd Golden's team has won four of its last six Wednesday home games as well.

South Carolina has lost seven of its last eight games against an SEC foe, so fade the Gamecocks.

Final Score Prediction: Florida: 72 | South Carolina: 58

Florida vs South Carolina Best Bet

South Carolina's offensive struggles are at a peak right now as it has scored an average of 58.0 points over its last five games. Florida hasn't fared too well as of late, either, scoring an average of 55.5 points over its last two games. The basketball simply isn't falling through the net right now.

Backing the under is the best way to get in on the action here. The total has hit the under in 10 of Florida's last 11 games as well as in eight of South Carolina's last 11 games played on a Wednesday. Targeting the Gamecock's team total is a solid alternative given the Gators' defensive prowess, too.

Bet: Under 133.5 Points (-110)

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