South Carolina vs. Kentucky - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kentucky Wildcats (18-0) at South Carolina Gamecocks (10-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Colonial Life Arena)
The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks +12.5 -- Over/Under: 124 See the Latest Odds
The South Carolina Gamecocks and the Kentucky Wildcats face off on Saturday at Colonial Life Arena in SEC college basketball action.
The South Carolina Gamecocks are 10-7 this season and they have lost four of their last five games. South Carolina is averaging 70.5 points and they are shooting 44.3 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 61 points and their opponents are shooting 36.6 percent. Duane Notice leads the Gamecocks averaging 11.9 points per game. Sindarius Thornwell is averaging 11.1 points and 5.3 rebounds, Tyrone Johnson is averaging 10.4 points, and Laimonas Chatkevicius is averaging 9.2 points and 5.3 rebounds. South Carolina is 7-3 at home this season.
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The Kentucky Wildcats are 18-0 this season and ranked number one in the nation. UK is averaging 75.5 points and they are shooting 45.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 50.8 points and their opponents are shooting 32.2 percent. Aaron Harrison leads the Wildcats averaging 11.5 points per game. Devin Booker is averaging 10.4 points, Willie Cauley-Stein is averaging 9.4 points and 6.9 rebounds, and Karl-Anthony Towns 8.3 points and 6.6 rebounds. Kentucky is second in the nation in average points allowed and first in the nation in shooting percentage against.
South Carolina is 1-4 against the spread following a loss, 0-6 against the spread against the SEC, and 7-19-1 against the spread at home against a team with a winning road record. Kentucky is 6-2 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 6-2-1 against the spread in their last nine road games, and 5-1-1 against the spread in their last seven Saturday games. The favorite has covered the point spread in five of the last seven meetings of these two.
Points should be tough to come by in this one so my free pick is on the under. My stronger pick is on who will cover the spread and you can see that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.