South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Kentucky Wildcats, Las Vegas Odds, NCAA Basketball Betting, Picks and Prediction

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When: 6:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 21, 2017
Where: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky
TV: 6 p.m. ET, ESPN

The South Carolina Gamecocks and the Kentucky Wildcats will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at Rupp Arena.

ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA (15-3, 5-0 SEC): Senior guard Sindarius Thornwell, who was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team last March, averages team bests of 18.2 points and 6.9 rebounds after scoring 20 on Wednesday. Sophomore guard PJ Dozier is the only other double-figure scorer at 14.6 points while sophomore forward Chris Silva (9.8) and senior guard Duane Notice (9.4) add scoring depth. The Gamecocks must take care of the ball if they are to entertain thoughts of pulling the upset as they’ve turned it over 57 times in the last three games and Kentucky is 27th in the nation in turnovers forced at 16.3 per game.

ABOUT KENTUCKY (16-2, 6-0): Freshman guard Malik Monk leads the SEC in scoring at 21.4 points per game despite scoring only 14 on Tuesday when he shot less than 40 percent from the field (5-for-14) for only the third time in his 18-game career. Freshman point guard De’Aaron Fox (16.7 points, SEC-most 6.3 assists, 5.0 rebounds) is on pace to break the school record for assists (246) set by Tyler Ulis last season. Freshman forward Wenyen Gabriel (5.9 points, 6.2 rebounds) scored 13 points against Mississippi State – reaching double figures for the first time in 11 games – and grabbed 24 rebounds in his last two contests.

Oddsmakers currently have the Wildcats listed as 13.5-point favorites versus the Gamecocks, while the game’s total is sitting at 148.

Kentucky was a 88-81 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Bulldogs. They failed to cover the -14-point spread as favorites.

South Carolina won its last outing, a 57-53 result against Gators on January 18. They covered in that game as a -2-point favorite.

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South Carolina:
Team record: 15-3 SU,9-7 ATS
Current Streak: won 5 straight games.
South Carolina is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
South Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of South Carolina’s last 6 games

Team record: 16-2 SU,11-7 ATS
Current Streak: won 6 straight games.
Kentucky is 17-8 ATS in its last 25 games
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Kentucky’s last 14 games

Next up:
South Carolina home to Auburn Tuesday, January 24
Kentucky at Tennessee Tuesday, January 24

1. The Wildcats shot at least 50 percent from the field in the last six games – their longest such streak since 1983-84.

2. Kentucky boasts a scoring margin of plus-21.1 – third nationally – and is 203-3 under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points in a game.

3. The Wildcats lead the series 50-11 and won nine of the last 10 meetings, including five straight at Rupp Arena by an average of 24.6 points.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Kentucky Wildcats will cover the spread at -13.5 and the game will go over 148 points, according to scamdicappers
PREDICTION: Kentucky 93, South Carolina 68 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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