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Kentucky Has Had Few Problems When Facing South Carolina

Kentucky and South Carolina face off in Lexington with the top spot in the SEC on the line Saturday. Traditionally, the Wildcats have easily gotten past the Gamecocks with UK going 9-1 SU and 8-2 ATS in the past 10 meetings between the two programs.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Kentucky’s past 14 games.
  • Kentucky is 15-1 SU in their last 16 games at home against teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of South Carolina's last 7 games on the road.

Kentucky is ridiculously loaded with talent this season, which has resulted in the offense sitting in the top 12 in the nation in points scored, rebounds, assists and shooting percentage. The Wildcats are buoyed by a pair of freshman with Malik Monk averaging a team-high 21.4 ppg and De’Aaron Fox who is averaging 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 5.0 rebounds.

The Gamecocks have been unstoppable since Sindarius Thornwell has returned from a six-game suspension, as South Carolina has won five-straight with an average scoring margin of plus-8.4 ppg. Since his return to the floor, Thornwell has averaged 17.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.8 steals per game.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The South Carolina Gamecocks were listed as 13-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including the odds makers at BetOnline.

South Carolina Gamecocks vs Kentucky Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Kentucky Wildcats sport a record of 16-2 and 11-7 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the South Carolina Gamecocks have 15-3 and 9-7 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 12-6 for the Kentucky Wildcats and 3-13 for the South Carolina Gamecocks.

The Wildcats - Gamecocks odds would favor the Wildcats if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Kentucky is rated No. 7 in the current Odds Shark poll, while South Carolina is at No. 43.

Statistical Matchup

In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Kentucky's No. 6-rated squad against South Carolina's No. 102-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Kentucky rates No. 138 in the country with 7.39 per game, while their foes tonight, the South Carolina Gamecocks rank No. 185 nationally with 6.78 per match.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

South Carolina got 20 points from Sindarius Thornwell en route to a 57-53 victory over Florida on Wednesday at Colonial Life Arena.

The Wildcats got 21 points from De'Aaron Fox as Kentucky ran past Mississippi State 88-81 on Tuesday at Humphrey Coliseum.

Betting Trends
  • South Carolina is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • South Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of South Carolina's last 6 games
  • South Carolina is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Kentucky is 17-8 ATS in its last 25 games
  • Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Kentucky's last 14 games
  • Kentucky is 17-6 ATS in its last 23 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

South Carolina home to Auburn, Tuesday, January 24th
Kentucky at Tennessee, Tuesday, January 24th

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