Kentucky vs South Carolina Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for January 10 (Wildcats Return to Prominence in Lexington)

Devon Platana
Kentucky vs South Carolina prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Kentucky vs South Carolina prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Kentucky vs South Carolina Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • Kentucky (10-5, 1-2 SEC) vs. South Carolina (7-8, 0-2 SEC)
  • Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Rupp Arena -- Lexington, Kentucky

Tuesday, Jan. 10's NCAA college basketball schedule features SEC action as the Kentucky Wildcats are set to go one-on-one with the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Kentucky was blown out 78-52 by ranked Alabama in its last outing, leaving time to tell if the Wildcats have it in them to bounce back tonight. Meanwhile, South Carolina also didn't come close to winning its last game, falling 85-42 to then-No. 8 Tennessee on Saturday.

Can Kentucky prove that the loss to Alabama was a temporary setback? Or will South Carolina shock the Wildcats with a massive upset?

Kentucky vs South Carolina Odds & Spread

Kentucky enters this contest as the clear favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 131.5 points, which is below average compared to Tuesday's totals.

Kentucky vs South Carolina Betting Trends

  • Kentucky's record against the spread is 5-10-0.
  • The Wildcats are 5-2 as 18.5-point favorites or more.
  • This season, eight of Kentucky's 15 games have gone over the point total.
  • South Carolina has beaten the spread eight times in 15 games.
  • South Carolina has played 15 games this season, and five of them have hit the over.
Kentucky Rank Kentucky AVG South Carolina AVG South Carolina Rank
74th 76.9 Points Scored 64.3 337th
132nd 67.3 Points Allowed 71.1 240th
15th 37.2 Rebounds 33.3 138th
4th 12.7 Off. Rebounds 11.3 26th
149th 7.8 3pt Made 7.6 170th
19th 17.1 Assists 10.9 331st
86th 11.4 Turnovers 12.3 176th

Kentucky vs South Carolina Prediction & Pick

South Carolina is the perfect opponent to help Kentucky get its mojo back. The Gamecocks' offense is among one of the worst in the country, averaging 64.3 points (T-No. 311) on 39.6% shooting (No. 335) while coming off a game that saw them cough up the ball 18 times.

Kentucky averages the 15th-most rebounds in the nation, highlighting the ability to take advantage of South Carolina's inevitable miscues. The Wildcats are also holding opponents to 59.6 points with a plus-23.9 scoring margin at Rupp Arena this season. Given that the Gamecocks' offense is terrible and they're a minus-13.5 on the road, there's little reason to believe that an upset is in coming.

Kentucky will beat up on South Carolina right from the tip-off, eventually leading to another victory for the Wildcats.

Final Score Prediction: Kentucky: 82 | South Carolina: 59

Kentucky vs South Carolina Best Bet

While many might steer away from a 19.5-point spread, I'm expecting Kentucky to cover it tonight. As mentioned before, Kentucky is a plus-23.9 at home while South Carolina is a minus-13.5 on the road — a difference of 37.4 points. There's also the fact that the Gamecocks just lost to Tennessee by 43 points and that game happened in the former's arena.

With South Carolina now facing the daunting task of having to play at Rupp Arena, I see Kentucky winning this game in a blowout.

Bet: Kentucky -19.5 (-115)

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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