Planning on watching today’s Wildcats and Gamecocks game? Catch the action at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC, as the Gamecocks hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on SECN. The Wildcats come into this Southeastern conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 156 points.

KENTUCKY WILDCATS VS SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: South Carolina Gamecocks +4.5

This game will be played at Colonial Life Arena at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, January 23rd.

WHY BET THE SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Gamecocks.
  • Not only will South Carolina pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 156 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Will Kentucky Live Up to Expectations on the Road?

After defeating Georgia 105-96 in their last game, Kentucky comes into this matchup with a 14-3 record. They have won two straight games and have gone 4-1 in Southeastern Conference play.

So far, the Wildcats have been favored in 13 of their 17 games, going 12-1 in those matchups. As the favorite, they have a scoring margin of +16.4 compared to +7.8 on the road.

On the season, Kentucky’s ATS mark is 11-6 and they are 3-1 vs. the spread on the road. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Wildcats have gone 7-3 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 156 is lower than the average over/under line in Kentucky’s games this season (154.9). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total is 185 points.

The Kentucky offense is coming off a game in which they scored 105 points vs. Georgia. Overall their field goal percentage was 61.9% while connecting on 14 threes. Antonio Reeves is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 19.5. Meanwhile, Rob Dillingham also brings a PPG average of 13.8 into the game.

The Wildcats’ defense is presently ranked 266th nationally, allowing an average of 77.2 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Kentucky’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 42.3% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 31.0% this season.

Is an Upset Waiting to Happen at Home?

South Carolina enters this game with a 15-3 record, including a 11-1 mark at home. They have gone 4-2 on the road, and their average scoring margin at home is +12.8 compared to -0.7 on the road. As an underdog, the Gamecocks are 5-2 this season.

In their last game, South Carolina beat Arkansas by a score of 77-64. Over their last ten games at home, the Gamecocks have gone 9-1, and they are 4-1 in their last five.

As the underdog, South Carolina has been excellent against the spread this season, posting a 6-1 record. Their overall ATS mark is 13-5, and they have gone 8-4 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Gamecocks have an impressive 8-2 ATS record.

South Carolina’s over/under record this season is 9-9 and the average over/under line in their games is 140.4. So far, 15 of their games have finished with less points than today’s over/under line of 156. Over their last three games, their games have averaged 141 points compared to their season average of 137.6 points per game.

The Gamecocks’ offense wrapped up their last game with 77 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 72.9 points per contest. The South Carolina offense has been looking to get up shots from outside so far this season, averaging 24.8 three-point attempts per contest. Overall, they have connected on 33% of their looks from outside this season.

In the current season, the South Carolina defense has excelled, sitting 34th in the nation by allowing 64.6 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, South Carolina’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 40.8% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 32.0% this season.