Saturday, January 31, 2009

Kentucky-South Carolina Prediction

South Carolina Gamecocks at Kentucky Wildcats
Saturday 3PM
TV: Raycom

The red hot South Carolina Gamecocks travel to Lexington to face Kentucky who is coming off their first SEC loss of the season at Ole Miss on Tuesday. Kentucky has dominated this series winning 8 of the last 10 and 33 of the last 39.


South Carolina 15-4, 4-2, 2-3 (away)
Kentucky 16-5, 5-1, 10-2 (away)

Keys to the Game:

1. Defending Jodie Meeks

Meeks is scoring a league best 26 points per game and already h
as the single game scoring record in Kentucky history this season with 54 against Tennessee. In Tuesday's loss to Ole Miss, Meeks shot just 4-15 from the field and 3-10 from the three point line as he was constantly harassed by Rebel defenders. South Carolina has to be aware of Meeks at all times, but it will be difficult having two shorter guards in the backcourt that Meeks can shoot over.

2. Kentucky Taking Care of the Ball

The Wildcats turns the ball over 18 times per game offensively which ranks near the bottom of the SEC. South Carolina has been incredible at creating turnovers forcing opponents into nearly 20 per game. But Kentucky has gotten better in SEC play with just 13.5 tpg. Will that trend continue?

3. South Carolina's Backcout Duo

The Gamecocks are led by their backcourt of Devan Downey and Zam Frederick. The two are South Carolina's leading scorers averaging 20 and 16 points per game respectively. These two have to have great games for Darin Horn's club to pull off the road upset.

Stats to Watch:

Jodie Meeks shooting percentage
Combined Points for Downey and Frederick
Other four UK Starters points


Kentucky was due for a bad game after running off five straight in the SEC to start the conference season. Unless Meeks has another poor shooting night, I see the Wildcats winning this one comfortably.

Kentucky wins by 7-12 points

Other SEC Games This Weekend:

Miss State over Ole Miss
The Rebels are coming off a big win against Kentucky, but Miss State is quietly 4-1 in the SEC. Ole Miss has to go on the road for this one where they are just 1-4 on the season.

Auburn over Vanderbilt
Vandy has been one of the most disappointing teams thus far in the SEC. The Commodores have just 1 win away from Memorial Gym this season.

LSU over Arkansas
The Tigers are getting it done in the SEC under new coach Trent Johnson. LSU’s only home loss of the year is against top 25 Xavier.

Alabama over Georgia
The game of interim coaches in the SEC! Alabama has more talent than Georgia and is playing at home. Take the Tide.

Season: 9-9 SU through 1/30

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