The Wildcats and Gamecocks are set to face off at 7:00 ET on SECN. The Gamecocks will host the game at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC. The Wildcats are favored in this Southeastern conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 156 points at Bookmaker.
Will the Wildcats Make it Happen on the Road?
As a team, Kentucky is 14-3 overall and 4-1 in Southeastern Conference play. They have won two games in a row and have a road record of 3-1 this season. So far, they have been favored in 13 of their 17 games, going 12-1 in those contests.
Coming off a 105-96 win over Georgia, Kentucky has gone 7-3 in their last 10 road games. On the season, they have outscored their opponents by an average of 7.8 points per game on the road.
As the favorite, Kentucky has gone 8-5 vs. the spread this season and they are 2-1 in their last 3 games as the road favorite. Overall, the Wildcats have an ATS mark of 11-6 and they are 7-3 in their last 10 games as the favorite.
Today’s over/under line of 156 is higher than the average over/under line in Kentucky’s games this season (154.9). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total in those games is 185 points. On the year, the over/under record in their games is 14-3.
Kentucky finished with 105 points in their game against Georgia. This total surpasses their season-average of 91.6 points per game. Leading the team in scoring is Antonio Reeves, who is averaging 19.5 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Rob Dillingham also maintains a PPG average of 13.8 heading into game.
So far, the Wildcats’ defense is ranked 266th in the country at 77.2 points per contest. So far, the Kentucky defense is giving up an average of 9.2 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 9.7 times per game (384th).
- Adou Thiero (Out) Undisclosed
Will the Gamecocks Find a Way to Win at Home?
South Carolina enters this game as a 4.5-point underdog, and they have been the underdog in seven of their 18 games this season. The Gamecocks have a record of 5-2 when they are the underdog, compared to 10-1 when they are favored.
At home this season, South Carolina has gone 11-1, and their average scoring margin is +12.8 points per game. Over their last 10 games at home, the Gamecocks have gone 9-1.
As the underdog, South Carolina has been a strong bet against the spread this season, going 6-1. At home, their ATS mark is 8-4, and they have gone 2-1 vs. the spread in their last three home games.
This season, the over/under record for South Carolina is 9-9, and today’s over/under line of 156 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (140.4). However, their games have averaged just 137.6 points per game. So far, 15 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s over/under line. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total in those games is 141 points.
In their latest game, South Carolina offense put up 77 points against Arkansas. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 51.9% and made 9 threes. Leading the team in scoring was B.J. Mack with 18 points. Zachary Davis also added 12 points for the Gamecocks.
So far this season, the South Carolina defense has been performing well, ranking 34th in the country at 64.6 points allowed per contest. The South Carolina defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 64 points and allowed Arkansas to connect on 5 threes.
This season, the South Carolina defense has been impressive, holding the 34th position in the country while permitting an average of 64.6 points per contest. The South Carolina defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 64 points and allowed Arkansas to connect on 5 threes.
- Ebrima Dibba (Out) Achilles
- Myles Stute (Out) Shoulder
Wildcats vs. Gamecocks Pick
As the underdogs with a spread of +4.5, we recommend going with the Gamecocks on the point spread. We not only see them covering the spread but also have a strong likelihood of winning this one outright, especially if you’re seeking a higher payout on the moneyline.
Pick: Take the Gamecocks at +4.5
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 156, and our model predicts the Wildcats and Gamecocks to score a combined 145 points. We recommend betting on the under.
Pick: Go Under 156 points (-110)