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South Carolina vs Kentucky Basketball Picks 1-23-24

Kentucky Wildcats (14-3) vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (15-3)
January 23, 2024 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks +3.5; Over/Under: +155.5
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The Kentucky Wildcats and the South Carolina Gamecocks meet in college basketball action from the Colonial Life Arena on Tuesday night. Who comes out on top in this SEC showdown? Let’s dive in and find out with our Kentucky vs. South Carolina Prediction.

Kentucky Team Preview

The Kentucky Wildcats come into this one looking to build on a 105-96 win over Georgia last time out. Antonio Reeves leads the Wildcats in scoring with 19.5 PPG and 4.4 RPG while Rob Dillingham has 13.8 PPG with 3.9 APG as well as 3.2 RPG. Tre Mitchell has 13.6 PPG with a team-high 7.6 RPG and 3.4 APG while D.J. Wagner has 12.8 PPG with 3.8 APG and Reed Sheppard has 11.8 PPG with 4.1 RPG and a team-high 4.2 APG to lead the Wildcats in assists and cap off the scoring in double figures for Big Blue so far this season. As a team, Kentucky is averaging 91.6 PPG on 50.3% shooting from the field, 40.2% from three and 74.8% from the foul line this season.

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South Carolina Team Preview

The South Carolina Gamecocks come into this one looking to build on a 77-64 win over Arkansas last time out. Meechie Johnson leads the Gamecocks in scoring with 16.7 PPG along with 4.4 RPG and 2.4 APG. B.J. Mack has 13.8 PPG with a team-high 5.3 RPG to lead the Gamecocks in rebounding while Myles Stute has 10 PPG with 3.9 RPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for South Carolina so far this season. Ta’Lon Cooper has 9.3 PPG with a team-high 4.3 APG to lead the Gamecocks in assists while also logging 4.5 RPG as well this season. As a team, South Carolina is averaging 72.9 PPG on 43.8% shooting from the field, 33.6% from three and 72.3% from the foul line this season. South Carolina will meet Missouri after this one.

Kentucky vs. South Carolina Prediction

I’m on Kentucky here. The Wildcats have had a reputation for being a lot more imposing at Rupp Arena, but even on the road, I don’t think that Kentucky has an issue putting away South Carolina here. The Gamecocks have had some issues with stepping up to high-powered offenses already this season and I think Kentucky is next on that list. Give me the Wildcats.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Kentucky -3.5

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Chris Ruffolo

Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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