Kentucky Vs South Carolina Pick Against the Spread & TV/Live Streaming InfoJosh Bailey
In a college hoops SEC matchup has the Kentucky Wildcats going on the road and to the midlands of South Carolina to the state capital of Columbia, where they will face off against the South Carolina Gamecocks in hopes to move on to 19-0.
The number one ranked Wildcats are 18-0 this season. UK is averaging 75.5 points and they are shooting 45.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 50.8 points and their opponents are shooting 32.2 percent.
The Gamecocks have stumbled to a 10-7 this season and they have dropped four of their last five games. South Carolina is averaging 70.5 points and they are shooting 44.3 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 61 points and their opponents are shooting 36.6 percent.
Analyzing My Kentucky Vs South Carolina Pick Against the Spread & TV/Live Streaming Info
Matchup: No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats at South Carolina
Date: Jan. 24, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Stadium: Colonial Life Arena
TV Info: ESPN
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Radio: Kentucky Vs South Carolina
Point Spread: Wildcats -12
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The Kentucky Wildcats Will Beat the South Carolina Gamecocks If
- They’re focused– Kentucky has to play smart. When Kentucky has gotten in trouble, and it’s hard to say a team that is undefeated has gotten into trouble, it’s when they’ve lost focus. The Wildcats are a bunch of ultra-talented 18 year olds, but they’re still a bunch of 18 year olds. They need to remind themselves that they are playing a basketball game when their minds start to wander.
- Think about defense – In one of Kentucky’s unfocused games, Ole Miss shot 49.2% from the field against the Wildcats’ defense. That percentage is much higher than Kentucky’s 31.7% per average allowed. The Wildcats should constantly be thinking about defense when South Carolina has the ball, not about the next awesome dunk that they’re going to do.
- Get Wille Cauley-Stein involved early – Yes, Kentucky can blow teams out without the 7-footer scoring a lot of points, but things can be a lot easier for Kentucky if Cauley-Stein makes his presence felt early. A quick 4 to 6 points from Cauley-Stein could set the tone for the entire game.
The South Carolina Gamecocks Will Beat the Kentucky Wildcats If
- They shoot much better than 30.4% from behind the three-point line – By much better, we’re talking close to 53% from three-point land, which is what Ole Miss shot from behind the arc in order to send their game with Kentucky into overtime.
- Wins the rebounding battle – Both South Carolina and Kentucky are excellent rebounding teams. The difference is that Kentucky is able to turn defensive rebounds into easy buckets while South Carolina has to work for scores. Winning the rebounding battle, especially getting second chance shots, is paramount if South Carolina wishes to upset the best team in the nation.
- Lulls Kentucky to sleep or frustrates them some way – The only time that teams have come close to upsetting the Wildcats are when they lose focus. How to get Kentucky to lose focus is the million dollar question, but, as Texas A&M and Ole Miss has shown, it can be done. Perhaps, the key is to force Kentucky to rush their shots, or, maybe, continually pick on one of the Harrison brothers and cause frustration. No matter what, unless Kentucky is unfocused, the Gamecocks won’t win this matchup.
Bet On the Kentucky Wildcats to Beat the South Carolina Gamecocks
Kentucky has only been tested twice this season. Against Ole Miss, the Wildcats allowed the Rebels to connect on 52.9% of their three point attempts. Kentucky still pulled it out in overtime. Against Texas A&M, Kentucky shot only 28% from the field. They pulled that game out in overtime as well.
So, two games where something drastic occurred and the Wildcats still managed to win? Unless another anomaly happens, Kentucky should roll in this matchup.