South Carolina vs. Kentucky: Full Game Preview

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South Carolina vs. Kentucky: Full Game Preview
South Carolina
(12-9, 3-4 away)
Kentucky
(15-6, 11-2 home)
Venue: Rupp Arena
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, February 05, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
South Carolina L Page 11.7 M Carrera 7.0 E Smith 3.3
Kentucky A Goodwin 14.8 N Noel 9.5 R Harrow 3.4

On Tuesday, Kentucky welcomes South Carolina at Rupp Arena. The game tips off at 9:00 EST and it can be seen on ESPN U. The Wildcats are 5-3 against the Gamecocks over the last four years. The last time they met (2/4/2012) they won 86-52.

South Carolina is in 11th place in the conference and Kentucky is in 2nd place.

The 19 points and 14 rebounds by Nerlens Noel helped the Wildcats to a 72-68 victory over Texas A&M on February 2nd. A stat-sheet stuffer, he leads the team with 9.5 rebounds per game, 4.6 blocks per game, and 2.3 steals per game. The Gamecocks were defeated by Georgia 67-56 on February 2nd despite 16 points and 7 rebounds from Michael Carrera. He is averaging 10.2 points per game in addition to a team-best 7.0 rebounds per game.

Digging into season numbers, Kentucky has the advantage in two key categories. With the edge in blocked shots (seven per game to three per game), the Wildcats should find themselves in a good position on offense. Kentucky also has an advantage in scoring, 76 points per game to 69 points per game. South Carolina will hope to exploit their strength in offensive rebounding percentage in this matchup. Their mark of 40.9 in this area ranks 1st in the conference and 5th in the country.

South Carolina StatSmack

  • Kentucky is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Kentucky is 212 lbs compared to 203 lbs for South Carolina.
  • Kentucky has a more potent offense, scoring more points (76.2 per game vs 69.1 per game) than South Carolina this season.
  • Kentucky has a significantly better overall winning percentage over the last 5 years (80.35% to 50.00%).
  • The Kentucky scoring leader (Archie Goodwin) has more points than the South Carolina scoring leader (Brenton Williams).
  • We make our fans proud. Kentucky has a better record at home than South Carolina this season (10-2 vs 8-5).
  • AP voters think more highly of Kentucky and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than South Carolina (144 vs 12).
  • Kentucky has a better conference record than South Carolina this season (6-2 vs 2-6).
  • We're a talent magnet. Since 1998 Kentucky has recruited more Top 10 high school players than South Carolina (14 vs 0).
  • It must sting. Kentucky has blown out South Carolina by 20 points or more on 11 occasions since 1997.
  • Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Kentucky has recruited more Top 50 high school players than South Carolina (32 vs 3).
USC Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C Lakeem Jackson 31 9 7 2 1 1 2
C Michael Carrera 21 10 7 1 0 1 2
C LaShay Page 24 12 3 1 0 0 2
C B. Williams 22 11 2 1 1 0 1
C Bruce Ellington 32 10 3 2 1 0 4
C- M. Kacinas 22 6 4 1 0 1 2
C- B. Richardson 19 8 3 1 0 0 1
D+ Eric Smith 28 6 2 3 1 0 2
D+ RJ Slawson 17 5 4 1 1 1 1
D L. Chatkevicius 10 3 2 1 0 0 1
D Damien Leonard 13 4 2 0 0 0 1
D A. Constable 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D- Brian Steele 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
F Shane Phillips 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
UK Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Nerlens Noel 32 11 9 2 2 5 2
B+ Archie Goodwin 32 15 5 3 1 1 3
B Alex Poythress 26 13 7 0 0 0 2
B Kyle Wiltjer 25 12 5 2 0 1 1
B- Julius Mays 31 9 3 3 0 0 1
B- W. Cauley-Stein 20 7 6 1 1 2 1
B- Ryan Harrow 28 10 2 3 1 0 2
D+ Jarrod Polson 12 2 1 1 0 0 0
D+ Jon Hood 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Brian Long 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Twany Beckham 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Tod Lanter 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Sam Malone 2 0 1 0 0 0 1
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