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Kentucky Wildcats visit South Carolina Gamecocks in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Kentucky WildcatsSouth Carolina Gamecocks
21-7March 01, 2014, 06:00 | Colonial Life Arena10-18

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Kentucky when they take on the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday in college hoops betting action.

Supporters of the Wildcats have watched them go 21-7 and 14-11-1 ATS on the year, while the Gamecocks are at 10-18 and 13-10-2 ATS. In totals betting, the Gamecocks are 11-13-1, while the Wildcats have a 13-13 mark.

View Kentucky Wildcats vs South Carolina Gamecocks Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the South Carolina Gamecocks as 9-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

This game puts the Gamecocks, most recently No. 177 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Wildcats, who rate No. 23 in the latest survey.

Kentucky was a 71-67 loser in its last match at home against Arkansas. They failed to cover the 10-point spread as favorites. Willie Cauley-Stein scored 16 points in a futile effort to lead the Wildcats to a win (they lost 71-67 to Arkansas at Rupp Arena on Thursday).

In their last action, South Carolina was an 83-67 loser on the road against Auburn. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as underdogs. South Carolina got 26 points from Brenton Williams on the way to an 83-67 loss against Auburn on Wednesday at Auburn Arena.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Wildcats rank No. 5 in NCAA Division 1 with 41.61 per game. That compares with South Carolina’s No. 137 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where South Carolina is college basketball's No. 173-ranked team at 5.57 per game, while the Wildcats rate No. 215 with 4.96 per game.

A few Wildcats at Gamecocks trends to consider:
Kentucky is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Kentucky is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kentucky's last 7 games
Kentucky is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games on the road
South Carolina is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games
South Carolina is 3-12 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of South Carolina's last 6 games
South Carolina is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Kentucky

Next up:
Kentucky home to Alabama, Tuesday, March 4th
South Carolina at Florida, Tuesday, March 4th