South Carolina vs. Kentucky Pick

Is Kentucky a good bet to cover as favorite vs. South Carolina? 1/21/17

No. 24 South Carolina will be in Lexington this evening when it visits No. 5 Kentucky at 6:00PM ET. Will the Wildcats cover?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Wildcats are 13.5-point home favorites versus the Gamecocks after opening as a 13-point favorite. The total, meanwhile, is currently sitting at 148 after it opened at that same number.

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South Carolina has won five straight games and has covered in four of its last five games as well. PJ Dozier paces the Gameocks with 14.6 points and 2.9 assists per game, while Chris Silva is averaging 6.3 rebounds per contest and 1.9 blocks while shooting 56.4 from the field, all team-highs.

Kentucky beat Mississippi State 88-81 to win its sixth straight, although the Wildcats failed to cover as a 14-point favorite. In fact, they've now failed to cover in three straight games dating back to an 87-81 win at Vanderbilt as a 12-point favorite. Malik Monk is averaging 21.4 points per game while De'Aaron Fox has a team-high in assists at 6.3.

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OUR PREDICTION: The Gamecocks are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games in Lexington and have failed to cover in five of their last six games overall versus the Wildcats. Kentucky is 20-7 against the spread in their last 27 home games, are 17-8 at the betting window in their last 25 games overall, and are 12-4 against the number in their last 16 games as a favorite of 13 points or greater.

 

SATURDAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREDICTION: KENTUCKY WILDCATS -13.5

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