The Kentucky Wildcats (10-5, 1-2 SEC) hope to build on a three-game home winning run when hosting the South Carolina Gamecocks (7-8, 0-2 SEC) on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET.
Tuesday’s game between the Wildcats and the Gamecocks sees the Wildcats as a heavy, 20-point favorite. The over/under for the game is set at 132.5.
Kentucky vs. South Carolina Odds
Point Spread for Kentucky vs. South Carolina
The spread for this matchup is set at 20 points, with bookmakers listing Kentucky as the favorite.
Kentucky vs. South Carolina Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Kentucky has -3553 odds to pick up the win, while South Carolina is listed at +1500 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 132.5 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Tuesday, January 10, 2023
- Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
- Location: Lexington, Kentucky
- Arena: Rupp Arena
Kentucky vs. South Carolina Betting Trends
Kentucky has four wins against the spread in 15 games this season. The Wildcats have won in seven of the nine contests they have been named as odds-on favorites in this year. Kentucky’s games this year have hit the over 53.3% of the time (eight out of 15 games with a set point total).
South Carolina is 8-7-0 against the spread this year. The Gamecocks have won 30% of the games this season they were the underdog on the moneyline (3-7). South Carolina’s games this season have gone over the total in five of 15 opportunities (33.3%).
Kentucky vs. South Carolina Key Players to Watch
Oscar Tshiebwe is tops on the Wildcats with 15.8 points per contest and 13.2 rebounds (first in the country), while also putting up 1.4 assists. Cason Wallace is putting up 12.1 points, 3.9 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game. Jacob Toppin posts 10.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest. At the other end, he averages 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocked shots. Sahvir Wheeler puts up a team-best 6.6 assists per contest. He is also averaging 9.5 points and 2.6 rebounds, shooting 41.1% from the field and 39.5% from beyond the arc with 1.1 made 3-pointers per game.
Gregory ‘GG’ Jackson II tops the Gamecocks in scoring (15.7 points per game) and rebounding (7.1), and posts 0.6 assists. He also posts 0.8 steals and 0.9 blocked shots. Hayden Brown gets the Gamecocks 11.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per contest. He also delivers 0.9 steals and 0.7 blocked shots. Meechie Johnson Jr. is the Gamecocks’ top assist man (3.5 per game), and he produces 12.2 points and 4.2 rebounds. The Gamecocks get 11.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game from Chico Carter Jr..
What you need to know about the Kentucky Wildcats
So far this season, the Wildcats are scoring 76.9 points per game (74th-ranked in college basketball) and giving up 67.3 points per contest (131st-ranked). Kentucky is top-25 this season in rebounding, ranking 15th-best in college basketball with 37.2 boards per game. Meanwhile, it ranks 30th with 27.9 rebounds allowed per contest.
Kentucky is sinking 7.8 three-pointers per game (149th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while putting up a 38.1% three-point percentage (37th-ranked). The Wildcats are 145th in college basketball with 6.9 three-pointers allowed per game so far this season. Meanwhile, they rank 232nd with a 34.1% shooting percentage allowed from downtown.
The Wildcats have covered the spread once, and are 7-3 overall, in their past 10 games. Four of Kentucky’s past 10 contests have hit the over. Kentucky has seen a downturn in scoring recently, putting up 72.6 points per game in its last 10 outings, 4.3 points fewer than the 76.9 it has scored this season. Kentucky’s defense has been tougher lately, as the team has given up 65.7 points per game during its past 10 compared to the 67.3 points per game its opponents are averaging this season.
What you need to know about the South Carolina Gamecocks
South Carolina compiled a 10-9-0 record against the spread last season in conference play. The Gamecocks are the 21st-worst squad in college basketball in points scored (64.3 per game) and 239th in points allowed (71.1). On the glass, South Carolina is 137th in college basketball in rebounds (33.3 per game). It is 224th in rebounds conceded (31.8 per game).
At home the Gamecocks are putting up 65.3 points per game, 4.2 fewer points than they are averaging on the road (69.5). In 2022-23, South Carolina is 169th in the nation in 3-point makes (7.6 per game) and 311th in 3-point percentage (31.1%). The Gamecocks give up 7.6 3-pointers per game and concede 35.7% from beyond the arc, ranking 234th and 303rd, respectively, in the country.
The Gamecocks have a 7-3 record against the spread while finishing 5-5 overall in their past 10 games. Three of South Carolina’s past 10 contests have gone over the total. In its last 10 games, South Carolina is posting 65.1 points per contest, 0.8 more than its season average (64.3). The Gamecocks have played better defensively in their previous 10 games, giving up 69.9 points per contest, 1.2 fewer points than their season average of 71.1 allowed.
Kentucky vs. South Carolina Prediction & Pick
Our pick to win this matchup is Kentucky, and we project that South Carolina will cover the spread (Kentucky -20). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 132.5 points.
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