South Carolina Gamecocks vs Kentucky Wildcats Prediction, 3/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: South Carolina Gamecocks vs Kentucky Wildcats
Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021
Location: Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
Odds/Point Spread: South Carolina (+8)
The South Carolina Gamecocks (6-13) are headed to Rupp Arena on Saturday where they'll meet the Kentucky Wildcats (8-15). The spread on this game has Kentucky as 8-point favorites. The total has been set at 147.5.
South Carolina heads into this game with a record of 6-13 on the year. The Gamecocks are hitting 31.5% on shots from beyond the arc (138 of 438) and 65.5% from the free throw line. They average 73.7 pts per game (118th in the country) while hitting 42.0% from the field. They are turning it over 15.1 times per game and as a unit they are committing 19.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, South Carolina is snagging 36.2 boards per game and has accounted for 256 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 232nd in the nation in terms of passing. Defensively, the Gamecocks are forcing their opponents into 16.8 turnovers per game and they draw 17.8 personal fouls. They are surrendering 36.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 326th in college basketball in PPG allowed (78.6). The Gamecocks are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 46.0% (505 of 1,097) and they concede 37.3 rebounds per game as a group. They are ranked 181st in D-1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 279 relinquished on the campaign.
The South Carolina Gamecocks played the Arkansas Razorbacks and ended up losing by a score of 101-73 in their last contest. South Carolina finished the contest having earned a 37.5% field goal percentage (27 out of 72) and made 6 of their 23 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Gamecocks converted 13 of their 23 attempts for a percentage of 56.5%. Concerning rebounding, they compiled 36 with 11 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 13 dimes in this contest as well as forcing 15 turnovers and earning 9 steals. Pertaining to the defense, South Carolina allowed their opponent to shoot 55.2% from the field on 37 of 67 shooting. Arkansas totaled 17 dimes and had 10 steals in the game. Moreover, Arkansas totaled 37 rebounds (4 offensive, 33 defensive) and had 4 blocked shots. Arkansas finished 92.3% at the free throw line by converting 12 of their 13 attempts. They also converted 15 of their 33 attempts from downtown.
A.J. Lawson is a player who came through in the game. He walked away with 18 points on 6 out of 17 shooting. He saw the court for 28 minutes played and collected 3 boards. Lawson finished shooting 35.3% from the floor but didn't record an assist. An additional guy that was a contributor in the game for the Gamecocks was Keyshawn Bryant. He collected 9 rebounds in 31 min played on the night. He shot 33.3% from the field for the contest by connecting on 5-of-15 (13 points). At the conclusion of this game, Bryant wasn't able to get a dime.
Kentucky has a record of 8-15 on the season. The Wildcats are responsible for committing 18.1 fouls per game while shooting 73.4% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 12.0 times per game (258th in Division 1) and they are turning it over 14.2 times per game. Kentucky has tallied 1,596 points for the campaign (69.4 per game) and they average 38.0 rebounds per contest. When it comes to offense, the Wildcats are hitting on 41.3% from the floor, which is ranked 306th in the country. The Wildcats on the defensive end are ranked 181st in college hoops in PPG allowed with 70.3. The Kentucky defense concedes 32.0% on 3-point attempts (157 of 491) and opponents are connecting on 74.5% of their foul shots. They give up 12.0 dimes and 35.8 total boards per game, which is ranked 103rd and 222nd in D-1. They are forcing their opponents into 12.4 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 41.1% from the field (60th in college hoops).
In their last game, the Kentucky Wildcats took a loss by a final score of 70-62 against the Ole Miss Rebels. The Wildcats earned 15 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 23 for the matchup. They also coughed up the ball 7 times, while earning 5 steals in this matchup. The Rebels committed 19 personal fouls for this contest which got the Wildcats to the charity stripe for 25 shots. They were able to bury 15 of the free throws for a rate of 60.0%. When it comes to 3-point attempts, Kentucky converted 5 out of their 20 attempts (25.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Wildcats shot 21 for 56 from the floor which had them shooting 37.5%. The Wildcats allowed the Rebels to make 23 out of 50 tries from the field which had them at 46.0% in this contest. They went 61.5% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 8 of 13 and ended up shooting 16 out of 19 from the charity stripe (84.2%). In the matter of rebounding, Kentucky allowed Ole Miss to collect 38 in total (10 on the offensive glass).
Olivier Sarr was important for the Wildcats in this contest. He knocked down 3 out of 10 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 30.0%, and added 3 rebounds. Sarr tallied 15 points in his 31 mins on the court, but wasn't able to get an assist. One more player that ended up playing a role for Kentucky was Isaiah Jackson. He ended up with 1 assist in 24 mins on the court, and he put in 5 out of 8 from the floor. Jackson wrapped this one up going 62.5% from the floor and also collecting 13 points and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kentucky (-8)
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