Kentucky vs South Carolina Predictions, Picks, Tips, 1/15/2020
Game: Kentucky Wildcats vs South Carolina Gamecocks
Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Location: Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC
Odds/Point Spread: South Carolina +6
The Kentucky Wildcats travel to Colonial Life Arena to play the South Carolina Gamecocks on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. The opening line for this matchup has Kentucky as 6 point favorites.
Kentucky comes into this game with an overall record of 12-3. They currently have a point differential of 12.3 as they are averaging 74.8 points per game while giving up 62.5 per contest. South Carolina has an overall mark of 8-7. They are averaging 68.4 points per contest and giving up 65.3, which is a point differential of 3.1.
Valuable Kentucky Wildcats Betting Trends
The Kentucky Wildcats are 7-8-0 against the spread
The Kentucky Wildcats are 7-8-0 against the over/under
Important South Carolina Gamecocks Betting Trends
The South Carolina Gamecocks are 7-8-0 against the spread
The South Carolina Gamecocks are 7-7-1 against the over/under
Key Kentucky Wildcats Injuries
11/07/19 G Dontaie Allen Knee is out indefinitely
01/11/20 G Johnny Juzang Illness is questionable
01/10/20 F Ben Jordan Head is out indefinitely
Key South Carolina Gamecocks Injuries
No key injuries to report
Immanuel Quickley averages 13.3 points per game in 29.5 minutes per contest. He averages 1.9 assists per contest and 3.6 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 94%. Tyrese Maxey comes into this contest averaging 13.9 points per game while playing 33.5 minutes per night. He pulls down 4.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 40% while his free throw percentage is at 80%.
Maik Kotsar averages 10.7 points per game and he sees the court an average of 30.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.3 rebounds per contest and 1.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 53% and his free throw percentage is 58%. A.J. Lawson averages 14.5 points per game while playing 27.7 minutes per contest. He grabs 3.1 rebounds per game and has 2.4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 40% and his free throw percentage is at 78%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Wildcats allow 62.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 47th in Division 1. They also allow a 39% shooting percentage and a 29% average from behind the arc, ranking them 36th and 42nd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 31.8 rebounds a game which ranks 46th, and they give up 11.0 assists per contest which puts them in 68th place in the NCAA. They force 13.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 112th in the nation. Kentucky averages 74.8 points per contest this season, which ranks them 105th in the country. Their average scoring margin is 12.3 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 63rd. Behind the arc they shoot 32% which is good for 240th in D-1. They average 37.9 rebounds per game and 15.2 assists per contest, which ranks them 95th and 56th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 263rd with 12.5 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Gamecocks surrender 65.3 points per contest, which ranks them 86th in the NCAA. Their defense allows a 38% shooting percentage and a 31% average from 3-point range, ranking them 25th and 84th in those defensive statistics. They rank 98th with 11.5 assists allowed per contest, and 147th with 34.5 rebounds surrendered per game. The Gamecocks are 292nd in Division 1 in forcing turnovers with 15.7 per game. South Carolina is 255th in the country with 68.4 points per game this year. They are 239th in the D-1 in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin is 3.1. They shoot 28% from 3-point range, which is good for 338th in the nation. They are 133rd in the country in rebounding with 37.1 boards per game and 176th in assists per contest with 13.3. The Gamecocks are 146th in turnovers per game with 13.9.
The Wildcats are 78th in the nation in offensive rating with 106.9. In terms of pace they are 221st in the country with 69.4 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 153rd. As a team they are 74th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 28% of their shots, ranking 340th in Division 1. Kentucky is 255th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.7 times per 100 possessions.
South Carolina is 187th in college basketball in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 16.6 times per 100 possessions. The Gamecocks are 276th in the country in offensive rating with 96.3. In terms of pace they are 133rd in Division 1 with 71 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 47% is 309th. As a team they are 322nd in D-1 in true shooting percentage with 49% and they shoot 3-pointers on 29% of their shots, ranking 328th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Kentucky/South Carolina college basketball game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take South Carolina +6
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