The Kentucky Wildcats will take on the South Carolina Gamecocks on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 9:00 p.m. eastern in Columbia, S.C. Since 1950, Kentucky leads the series over South Carolina 48-10 (.828).
Kentucky comes into the game with a road victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday by a score of 74-67. The Wildcats are currently 14-3 on the season and 4-1 in conference play. South Carolina also comes into the game with a recent win over Georgia this past Saturday. The Gamecocks are now 11-6 this season with a 2-3 record in conference play.
Kentucky beat South Carolina in its only meeting in 2016 by a score of 85-69 in a game where Malik Monk scored 27.
For the Gamecocks, Chris Silva is the team’s leading scorer averaging just over 14 points per game. Kentucky has two players with similar numbers in Kevin Knox and Hamidou Diallo. Both are averaging roughly 14 points per game so far this season.
South Carolina is coming off of an historic basketball season in which head coach Frank Martin led the Gamecocks to its first ever Final Four appearance. Notable losses from that season include Sindarious Thornwell, and the Gamecocks have struggled to find its footing thus far in the 2017-18 college basketball season. Though, it’s worth noting that before getting hot at the right time in the NCAA tournament, the South Carolina Gamecocks registered nine losses during the regular season plus a quick loss in the SEC tournament (loss to Alabama).
Kentucky is coming off of yet another impressive season in which the Cats lost a close game in the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament to North Carolina. Prior to the tournament, Kentucky plowed through the regular season with only five losses. Kentucky also won the SEC tournament with victories over Georgia, Alabama and Arkansas.
The 2017-18 Kentucky team is a quality team, but the season is somewhat quiet and unheralded compared to many of the Calipari-era seasons. As always, the team is quite talented and an appearance in the NCAA tournament is expected.
Kentucky vs. South Carolina TV Information
The game between the Wildcats and Gamecocks will be broadcast on ESPN as part of its Super Tuesday broadcast schedule. The game is set to tip off at 9:00 p.m. eastern.
If you don’t have traditional cable, ESPN can be accessed via the Watch ESPN app as well as via skinny bundle providers such as Sling and YouTube TV.
Following the Kentucky vs. South Carolina game, Kentucky will square off against rival Florida in Lexington. South Carolina’s next matchup is against Tennessee.
Source: Saturday Down South