NCAA Basketball: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 at 6:30 P.M. on SECN (Colonial Life Arena)
Moneyline: Wildcats -255, Gamecocks +200
Over/Under: 136; Wildcats -5.5 (-255)
The #10 Kentucky Wildcats face the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia in a meaningful SEC match-up for both teams. Kentucky is currently undefeated in conference play (3-0). On the other hand, the Gamecocks are looking to avoid being 0-3 in conference play. The Wildcats has won four of the last five meetings against the Gamecocks, including a 76-48 victory back in February at home.
Kentucky Wildcats Seeking 5th Straight Victory
Kentucky has won their last four games in the season, including a76-67 victory Saturday night against Alabama. The Wildcats defense was the key to the victory, as they held Alabama to just 67 points and 36.8 percent shooting fro the field.
Sophomore guard Immanuel Quickly scored a game-high 19 points, 5 of those points being the final points of the game. He also shot 60 percent from the field and five-of-six (83 percent) from three-point range. In addition, Junior forward Nick Richards also has a solid game, contributing with 13 points and 11 rebounds, 4 of those rebounds offensive rebounds.
Richards has been the most solid player thus far for Kentucky. Offensively, he is averaging 13 points a game, shooting 66 percent from the field. Defensively, Richards is active on the floor, averaging a career-high 2.3 blocks, including 5 blocks from Saturday’s victory against Alabama.
South Carolina Looks For First Conference Play Victory
Unlike Kentucky, The South Carolina Gamecocks lost their second consecutive conference matchup Saturday night to Tennessee.
The Gamecocks fell flat offensively, as they shot just 15.4% from three-point range and 32.8% from the field. However, Maik Kotsar led the way for South Carolina, scoring 17 points and shooting 63.6% from the field. A.J. Lawson is the Gamecocks leading scorer, averaging 14.5 points per game.
The Kentucky Wildcats are leading the way in the SEC both offensively and defensively, In their four-game winning streak, they have scored high in points, as well as put pressure on teams to score, which results in their opponents shooting poor from the field. I believe that the Wildcats will do the same against the Gamecocks, and I also expect Richards to have another solid game to lead Kentucky into their fifth consecutive win.