Two under-performing squads face off on Thursday as the Volunteers visit the Gamecocks in SEC college basketball action. The NCAA basketball odds makers have the Volunteers five point favorites.

South Carolina has lost eight of 10, including a demoralizing 48-64 loss on the road against Georgia this past Saturday.

The South Carolina Gamecocks are now a dismal 5-9 SU in conference play, putting them dead last in the Eastern portion of the standings.

In the poor showing against the Bulldogs, Bruce Ellington and Ramon Galloway combined to shoot a putrid 6-of-26 from the floor as South Carolina shot 28.3 percent from the field as a team.

Malik Cooke (11 points and nine rebounds) and Sam Muldrow (10 points and seven boards) were the most efficient but it just wasn't enough as the Gamecocks slumped to yet another SU and ATS defeat.

Luckily they come up against another struggling team in Tennessee on Thursday.

The Tennessee Volunteers have lost five of their seven most recent matchups and are coming off a tough one-point loss at home to Mississippi State.

Entering the contest they were favored by a staggering 11 points but could not shake the Bulldogs. Scotty Hopson continued his hot play however with a game-high 22 points while also pulling down seven rebounds.

Teammate Tobias Harris chipped in 16 points and eight boards in the loss, but will we witness his Vols get back on track here against South Carolina?

Who wins SEC battle?

Tennessee is currently favored by five points on 5Dimes while 4.5 is also available at certain outlets including Pinnacle and Bookmaker. Keep checking back with SBRodds for the latest college basketball odds and movement so you don't miss out on the best possible value.

Though the Volunteers are 2-5 ATS in their previous seven contests overall, they have covered in four of their last five road games entering Thursday.

The Gamecocks meanwhile are 2-5 ATS over their most recent seven matchups while going 1-4 ATS in their previous five games.

Brian Williams, a key contributor for the Vols this season, is struggling with a back problem and is listed as questionable for Thursday's key SEC encounter. Williams is averaging a team-high 7.6 rebounds for Tennessee and he would be sorely missed in the post if he were to miss out.

Still, the Vols have won eight straight games over the Gamecocks and I suspect they'll come through with the W again in this spot.

They've covered in five of their last six trips to South Carolina so they know how to compete in this building. Assuming they show up with a worthwhile effort, look for Tennessee to get it done on Thursday.