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NCAAB Game Preview - Gamecocks underdogs vs Wildcats at Kentucky

South Carolina GamecocksKentucky Wildcats
Jan 7, 4:00 PM | Rupp Arena

South Carolina Gamecocks vs Kentucky Wildcats Odds

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Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Rupp Arena Saturday as host Kentucky looks to handle the South Carolina Gamecocks in NCAAB action.

The Wildcats sit at 14-1 (4-10 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Gamecocks are currently 8-6 (4-5 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Kentucky is 5-8 OU, and South Carolina is 5-4 OU.

View South Carolina vs Kentucky Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers opened the Wildcats as 21-point favorites in this matchupl.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Wildcats - Gamecocks odds would favor the Wildcats if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Kentucky is rated No. 2 in the current Odds Shark poll, while South Carolina is at No. 197. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 88-70 win for the Wildcats.

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How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Kentucky's No. 3-rated squad against South Carolina's No. 258-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Kentucky rates No. 207 in the country with 5.9 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 138 nationally with 6.6 per match.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, South Carolina owns the country's No. 92-rated mark, allowing 66.7 points per game on the highway. Kentucky, on the other hand, rates No. 49 in scoring at home.

South Carolina was a 79-51 winner in their most recent outing at home against South Carolina State. The Gamecocks blew out South Carolina State on Tuesday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 79-51 win at Colonial Life Arena.

Kentucky won its last outing, a 73-51 result against Arkansas-Little Rock on January 3. They failed to cover in that game as a 27.5-point favorite. Kentucky cruised to victory on Tuesday, running Arkansas-Little Rock out of the gym and running up a 73-51 score at Freedom Hall.

South Carolina Gamecocks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Vanderbilt are 7-3
After playing South Carolina State are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

Kentucky Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Auburn are 9-1
After a win are 9-1

A few Gamecocks at Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of South Carolina's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of South Carolina's last 5 games when playing on the road against Kentucky
South Carolina is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
South Carolina is 3-16 SU in its last 19 games when playing on the road against Kentucky
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Kentucky is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games when playing at home against South Carolina
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kentucky's last 5 games when playing at home against South Carolina

Next up:
South Carolina home to Vanderbilt, Tuesday, January 10
Kentucky at Auburn, Wednesday, January 11

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