SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: South Carolina at Kentucky

Kentucky-South Carolina

South Carolina plays at Kentucky on Tuesday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a final score prediction.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
South Carolina 0.432 0.328 0.708 253 773 268 128 98 291
South Carolina OPP 0.421 0.354 0.737 236 762 260 138 65 321
Kentucky 0.481 0.357 0.752 254 816 302 140 111 277
Kentucky OPP 0.407 0.357 0.688 195 619 235 115 65 304

NCAA RPI

South Carolina: 103
Kentucky: 6

South Carolina Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#00 A.J. Lawson G 6′-6″ 172 FR Toronto, ON
#1 T.J. Moss G 6′-2″ 193 FR Memphis, TN
#2 Hassani Gravett G 6′-2″ 188 SR Villa Rica, GA
#4 Tre Campbell G 6′-0″ 183 SR Washington, DC
#5 Jermaine Couisnard G 6′-4″ 202 FR East Chicago, IN
#10 Justin Minaya F 6′-5″ 215 SO Harrington Park, NJ
#13 Felipe Haase F 6′-9″ 253 SO Osorno, Chile
#14 Nathan Nelson F 6′-5″ 174 FR Murfreesboro, TN
#20 Alanzo Frink F 6′-6″ 265 FR Jersey City, NJ
#21 Maik Kotsar F 6′-11″ 264 JR Tallinn, Estonia
#23 Evan Hinson G 6′-4″ 230 JR Deltona, FL
#24 Keyshawn Bryant F 6′-6″ 190 FR Winter Haven, FL
#30 Chris Silva F 6′-9″ 234 SR Libreville, Gabon
#31 Raymond Borup G
#33 Jason Cudd F 7′-1″ 263 SO Myrtle Beach, SC
#52 Jair Bolden G 6′-3″ 210 JR Brooklyn, NY

Kentucky Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#2 Ashton Hagans G 6′-3″ 192 FR Cartersville, GA
#3 Keldon Johnson G 6′-6″ 211 FR South Hill, VA
#4 Nick Richards F 6′-11″ 244 SO Kingston, Jamaica
#5 Immanuel Quickley G 6′-3″ 185 FR Havre De Grace, MD
#10 Jonny David G 6′-2″ 188 SR Pittsburgh, PA
#12 Brad Calipari G 6′-0″ 179 JR Franklin Lakes, NJ
#13 Jemarl Baker G 6′-4″ 192 FR Menifee, CA
#14 Tyler Herro G 6′-5″ 195 FR Milwaukee, WI
#21 Zan Payne G 6′-4″ 240 FR Lexington, KY
#22 Reid Travis F 6′-8″ 238 SR Minneapolis, MN
#23 EJ Montgomery F 6′-10″ 225 FR Fort Pierce, FL
#25 PJ Washington F 6′-8″ 228 SO Dallas, TX

South Carolina Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Nov 6 vs USC Upstate W 65-52
Nov 9 vs Stony Brook L 83-81
Nov 13 vs Norfolk State W 81-64
Nov 17* at Providence L 76-67
Nov 26 vs Wofford L 81-61
Nov 30 vs C. Carolina W 85-79
Dec 5 at Wyoming L 73-64
Dec 8 at Michigan L 89-78
Dec 19 vs UVA L 69-52
Dec 22 vs Clemson L 78-68
Dec 31 vs N Greenville W 97-46
Jan 5 at Florida W 71-69
Jan 8 vs Mississippi State W 87-82
Jan 13 vs Missouri W 85-75
Jan 16 at Vanderbilt W 74-71
Jan 19 at LSU L 89-67
Jan 22 vs Auburn W 80-77
Jan 26 at Oklahoma State L 74-70
Jan 29 vs Tennessee L 92-70
Feb 2 at Georgia L 86-80
Feb 5 at Kentucky
Feb 9 vs Arkansas
Feb 13 at Tennessee
Feb 16 vs Texas A&M
Feb 19 vs Ole Miss
Feb 23 at Mississippi State
Feb 26 vs Alabama
Mar 2 at Missouri
Mar 5 at Texas A&M
Mar 9 vs Georgia

Kentucky Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Nov 6* vs Duke L 118-84
Nov 9 vs S Illinois W 71-59
Nov 14 vs North Dakota W 96-58
Nov 18 vs VMI W 92-82
Nov 21 vs Winthrop W 87-74
Nov 23 vs Tennessee St W 77-62
Nov 28 vs Monmouth W 90-44
Dec 1 vs UNCG W 78-61
Dec 8* at Seton Hall L 84-83
Dec 15 vs Utah W 88-61
Dec 22* at UNC W 80-72
Dec 29 at Louisville W 71-58
Jan 5 at Alabama L 77-75
Jan 8 vs Texas A&M W 85-74
Jan 12 vs Vanderbilt W 56-47
Jan 15 at Georgia W 69-49
Jan 19 at Auburn W 82-80
Jan 22 vs Mississippi State W 76-55
Jan 26 vs Kansas W 71-63
Jan 29 at Vanderbilt W 87-52
Feb 2 at Florida W 65-54
Feb 5 vs South Carolina
Feb 9 at Mississippi State
Feb 12 vs LSU
Feb 16 vs Tennessee
Feb 19 at Missouri
Feb 23 vs Auburn
Feb 26 vs Arkansas
Mar 2 at Tennessee
Mar 5 at Ole Miss
Mar 9 vs Florida

South Carolina-Kentucky Prediction

The South Carolina Gamecocks have cleaned up against the middle and lower tiers of the SEC, but they have not yet shown they can beat the three best teams in the conference. They lost to LSU. They lost to Tennessee. Now they get a first crack at a Kentucky team which is rolling. The Wildcats are locked in at the defensive end of the floor. Ashton Hagans has become the spiritual leader for Big Blue. No longer coexisting in a more crowded and cluttered backcourt with Quade Green – due to Green’s transfer to Washington – Hagans has been able to flourish. Kentucky stifles opponents on the perimeter, and the big men are reliable at cleaning the backboard to minimize second-chance points. It’s a simple but devastating defensive formula. Don’t expect South Carolina to solve it. Kentucky 71, South Carolina 59 (Matt Zemek).

This game tips off at 6:00 PM CT (7:00 PM ET). TV: SEC NETWORK.

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