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Kentucky vs South Carolina State 11/17/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

South Carolina State Bulldogs (0-3) vs. Kentucky Wildcats (2-1)
November 17, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -38.5 / South Carolina State Bulldogs +38.5 ; Over/Under: +145.5
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The South Carolina State Bulldogs and the Kentucky Wildcats meet in college basketball action from Rupp Arena on Thursday night.

The South Carolina State Bulldogs will look to bounce back after a 96-71 loss to Duquesne in their last outing. Davion Everett led the way with 15 points and 9 rebounds, shooting 6 of 7 from the floor while Dajuan Bates added 14 points on 4 of 8 shooting with a pair of threes and Jordan Simpson added 11 points with a team-high 3 assists. Raquan Brown added 10 points on a perfect 4 of 4 shooting with a pair of threes to finish off the scoring in double figures for South Carolina State in the loss, while Isaiah Turner added 7 rebounds.

The Kentucky Wildcats will look to rebound from an 86-77 OT loss to Michigan State last time out. Oscar Tshiebwe led the way with 22 points on 9 of 17 shooting with a whopping 18 rebounds for the double-double while Sahvir Wheeler had 16 points with a team-high 8 assists. Cason Wallace had 14 points with 5 rebounds, 5 assists and an astounding 8 steals. Jacob Toppin chipped in 10 points to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Kentucky in the winning effort.

South Carolina State is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games against a team with a winning home record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 Tuesday games. Kentucky is 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS loss and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games against a team with a losing road record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 home games.

I get the case to be made for an underdog in some spots, and one has to wonder if Kentucky might get caught looking ahead to Gonzaga on deck. However, South Carolina State just doesn’t have the horses to match the level below Kentucky, and lookahead spot or not, these are usually games that Kentucky wins by 45-50 points. Not a game I’m rushing to bet, but I’d go Kentucky laying the points here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Kentucky -38.5

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