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Kentucky vs. South Carolina - 2/5/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
South Carolina at Kentucky
Date & Time Tuesday February 5, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Rupp Arena
Lexington, Kentucky
The Line
The Line: Kentucky -16 -- Over/Under: 146.5
TV Channel
SEC
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NCAA BB | South Carolina at Kentucky
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The South Carolina Gamecocks and Kentucky Wildcats meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Rupp Arena.

The South Carolina Gamecocks could use a win after splitting their last six games. The South Carolina Gamecocks are averaging 74.1 points on 42.8 percent shooting and allowing 75.4 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Chris Silva is averaging 14.1 points and seven rebounds while A.J. Lawson is averaging 13.2 points and 2.6 assists. Hassani Gravett is the third double-digit scorer and Keyshawn Bryant is dishing 1.6 assists. The South Carolina Gamecocks are shooting 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 69.9 percent from the free throw line. The South Carolina Gamecocks are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.6 rebounds per game. The South Carolina Gamecocks have split their last six road games.

The Kentucky Wildcats look to stay hot while building on their eight-game winning streak. The Kentucky Wildcats are averaging 79.2 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 65.9 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Keldon Johnson is averaging 14.2 points and 1.5 assists while Tyler Herro is averaging 13.5 points and 4.3 rebounds. PJ Washington is the third double-digit scorer and Reid Travis is grabbing 6.8 rebounds. The Kentucky Wildcats are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Kentucky Wildcats are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.3 rebounds per game. The Kentucky Wildcats have won all 12 home games this season.

The Gamecocks are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 vs. Southeastern and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Tuesday games. The Wildcats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Southeastern, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Gamecocks are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Kentucky and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Wildcats last 7 overall. The over is 20-7 in Gamecocks last 27 overall.

The Kentucky Wildcats are playing their best ball of the season right now, which includes eight straight wins and outscoring teams by an average of 15.4 points in their last five games. At home, Kentucky is winning by an average of 18.9 points while shooting 49.6 percent from the field. With that said, the South Carolina Gamecocks are a solid defensive team that's been able to put together some nice victories, especially on the road where they beat Florida, Vanderbilt and Georgia while taking OK State and Michigan down to the wire. Kentucky should win this game without much of a sweat, but this line seems a tad bit too steep for a South Carolina team that's proven to be a tough test on the road this season. I'll take a shot with the free points and the Gamecocks. 

Pick:
South Carolina +16

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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