UK vs South Carolina Preview

Breakdown of the UK and South Carolina basketball game.

South Carolina Probable Starting Lineup

Pos. Player PPG RPG

F Carlos Powell 13.8 6.7 F Kerbrell Brown 8.9 5.2 G Josh Gonner 12.0 2.6* G Terance Kinsey 9.4 4.0 G Michael Boynton 9.3 4.0*

Off the Bench PPG RPG F Renaldo Balkman 7.2 4.5 F Rolando Howell 6.6 4.2 G Trey Kelley 4.3 2.1* F Brandon Wallace 3.4 3.8

*Assists per game

South Carolian Team Stats

Scoring Offense 71.5 Scoring Defense 58.4 Scoring Margin 13.1 Free Throw Pct. .667 Field Goal Pct. .432 Field Goal Pct. Defense .366 3-Point FG Pct. .317 3-Point FG Pct. Defense .262 Rebounding Offense 38.0 Rebounding Defense 38.3 Rebounding Margin -0.3 Blocked Shots 5.82 Assists 16.09 Steals 10.0 Turnover Margin 5.36

Kentucky Probable Starting Lineup

Pos. Player PPG RPG

F Erik Daniels 15.6 6.2 F Chuck Hayes 11.2 8.4 G Kelenna Azubuike 9.9 4.8 G Gerald Fitch 15.8 3.9 G Cliff Hawkins 8.9 5.3*

Off the Bench PPG RPG

C Lukasz Ozrbut 1.5 0.8 F Bernard Cote` 1.9 0.7 G Antwain Barbour 3.3 2.2 F Josh Carrier 1.5 1.0

*Assists per game

Kentucky Team Stats

Scoring Offense 71.7
Scoring Defense 62.7
Scoring Margin 9.0
Free Throw Pct. .713
Field Goal Pct. .462
Field Goal Pct. Defense .396
3-Point FG Pct. .331
3-Point FG Pct. Defense .321
Rebounding Offense 35.3
Rebounding Defense 32.1
Rebounding Margin 3.2
Blocked Shots 3.8
Assists 15.2
Steals 8.8
Turnover Margin 1.7

Game 19 of the Wildcats' season is against the Gamecocks of South Carolina. The Gamecocks are one of many surprising teams this season in the NCAA. Many predicted them at best 4th in the SEC East. But as of this game they are in the lead by a ½ game over the cats (they have played one more game than UK in the SEC).

The Wildcats are coming off a thrilling come-from-behind win at Gainesville on Tuesday. The Wildcats squandered an early 10 point lead in the first half, to see Florida overtake them and have Florida build an 11 point lead with 6 minutes to go. Kentucky went on an 11-0 run to end the game and secure a 68-65 win.

The Gamecocks are coming off a win at home against Alabama 90-82 in Overtime. In a game where there was some impressive 3-pt shooting, the Gamecocks needed OT to fend off the Crimson Tide. Alabama trailed 58-43 with 12 minutes to play but the Tide stormed back with some excellent 3-pt shooting. Then in overtime, South Carolina returned the favor by hitting 4 of their first 5 shots. And never looked back after securing the lead.

Kentucky leads the all time series 31-5. Kentucky has won the last two meetings and 14 of the last 16.


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