While Jodie Meeks and Patrick Patterson both had over 20 points a piece and Darius Miller added 12, the Wildcats still couldn't outscore the Rebels. No other Wildcat had more than eight points (Liggins).
Turnovers had been a problem all season, but Kentucky only had 10 miscues on the evening. The Wildcats need to build on that effort and improve in the aforementioned areas in order to defeat the Gamecocks.
South Carolina sports a exciting backcourt duo in Zam Fredrick and Devan Downey. The Cocks also boast two solid forwards in Mike Holmes and Dominique Archie. Both Holmes and Archie are in the top ten in the conference in rebounding, while Downey and Fredrick are both in the top ten in scoring.
Downey is also 10th in the league in field goal percentage and fourth in assists. Downey also leads the league in steals, with three a game.
Zam Fredrick and Evaldas Baniulis both rank in the top 15 in the league in three pointers made.
It's also somewhat of a homecoming for new South Carolina head coach Darrin Horn. Horn, a Glasgow, Kentucky native, played his college basketball in Bowling Green at Western Kentucky University. Horn also coached his alma mater, Western Kentucky, four five years before taking the job in Columbia.
In order for Kentucky to defeat the Gamecocks on Saturday, the Wildcats have to be physical on the glass. Kentucky will also have to defend the three point line much better than in recent weeks.
Where: Lexingon, Ky - Rupp Arena
When: 3 pm Eastern
Television: Raycom Sports