|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).