Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Wildcats vs. Gamecocks CBB Odds
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2022 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(19-4) Kentucky Wildcats vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (13-9)
Date: Tuesday, February 8th, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Colonial Life Arena, Colombia, South Carolina
CBB Betting ATS Odds: Kentucky -11.5 | South Carolina +11.5 (Bet Now!)
CBB Moneyline Odds: Kentucky OFF | South Carolina OFF
CBB Betting Total: 141.5
SEC action tips on Tuesday as the Kentucky Wildcats visit South Carolina. Kentucky looks to gain ground on top-ranked Auburn by beating a Kentucky group sitting 4-5 in conference play. The Wildcats are 8-2 against their conference and rank #5 nationally.
Kentucky has risen the national ladder during its current 7-1 run. The Wildcats boast recent wins over Tennessee, Kansas and Alabama to stand among college basketball’s elite.
Behind an evolving lineup, Kentucky’s two-way muscle is displayed most weeks against arguably the nation’s toughest conference. UK showed defensive guile while cementing Alabama 66-55 last weekend.
There was no Crimson Tide shocker on Saturday, as Kentucky held Alabama to 3-of-30 shooting from deep. The Wildcats also added 12 steals to compliment their near flawless team performance.
Every cylinder of that well-built Kentucky machine hummed behind Sahvir Wheeler’s seven assists, Oscar Tshiebwe’s 15 rebounds and efficient wing play from Ty Washington and Kellan Grady. The Wildcat bench even chipped in 21 points to boost the squad’s NCAA Tournament credentials.
John Calipari’s ‘Cats average 114.3 points per 100 possessions and allow 90.1. Both figures rate 25th or better. Kentucky shoots 48/35/73 and holds opponents to 29% from deep. Oscar Tshiebwe (15.2 TRB) leads the nation in rebounding and helps make his team the #7 rebounding outfit in CBB. Kentucky holds a +5.4 TRB edge vs. South Carolina.
South Carolina Gamecocks
Streaky in SEC play, the Gamecocks are again cold after losing two straight. South Carolina has performed well vs. non-elite competition this year, but stands just 1-5 against quadrant 1 challenges.
Poor two-way execution doomed South Carolina’s latest setbacks opposite Mississippi State (78-64) and Tennessee (81-57). The Gamecocks shot just 31 percent from the field and 26 percent from deep while being out rebounded 38-34 by the Vols.
Leaky South Carolina perimeter defense also allowed UT to drill 14-of-27 3pt during Saturday’s blowout. Though the ‘Cocks are 13-9, there’s little in their profile to suggest they can upset No. 5 Kentucky either SU or against the spread.
South Carolina averages 98.3 points per 100 possessions and allows 95.0. Frank Martin’s group plays respectable defense, but doesn’t have the offensive firepower to run with the ‘Cats.
The Gamecocks shoot 42/32/65 and rank among the top-30 in blocks and forced turnovers. South Carolina has lost two straight ATS, both games went Over.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Gamecocks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Gamecocks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games.
- Gamecocks are 1-2 ATS in their last three games.
- Kentucky is 2-1 ATS in its last three games.
- Favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
4* Free Kentucky Wildcats vs. South Carolina Gamecocks CBB Betting Pick:
As shown of late, every SEC team is capable of strong performances on any given night. Last placed Georgia took No. 1 Auburn into deep waters over the weekend to magnify that parity. Even though Kentucky stands head and shoulders above South Carolina in every competitive category, from home especially, the Gamecocks can be dangerous.
But Kentucky has literally run roughshod over their last three opponents to sit among NCAA basketball’s best. Also, what SEC hoops fan can forget that 107-79 Jan. 15 display where the Wildcats broke out against defensively sound Tennessee?
I’ll go with rolling Kentucky to Cover another thick spread on Tuesday against an offensively drained South Carolina group.
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