KSTV Round Table: Kentucky v. SCar Predictions
02/05/2013 11:15 AM
Not one of the KSTV team predicted a close overtime win for the Cats. Coach Cal probably would have us drug tested just like those pre-season pollsters.
Since his last prediction was so off base, Thomas has asked for an extension on this game prediction. Twenty-four point win over the Aggies? Permanent extension granted.
Let’s be honest, with a team like Kentucky this season, it’s never about the opponent. They play great teams close and bad teams even closer. The 12-9 South Carolina Gamecocks should be the matchup to get the Cats out of that rut. Without question, Kentucky should dominate them defensively. South Carolina should not be able to score a basket within the arch. And if Kentucky’s top six or seven players can keep improving offensively and put up just average numbers, then they should run away with the game. However, to run away with the game, they would have to close this time. That’s what I want to see. Get after them early and never let up.
Kentucky 75, South Carolina 56
UK returns to Rupp Arena for the first time in over a week, and the Wildcats are probably relieved to play South Carolina. I would love to call this a cupcake game, but it seems that no game UK plays in deserves that title. It’s become a common pattern for the cats to play a great 1st half and then almost let it slip all away in the 2nd leaving fans with high blood pressures across the Commonwealth. I need this team to put together two halves and play a full 40 minutes (maybe take a note from the women’s team?) I think this will be a much easier game for UK and a good opportunity to work out lingering kinks.
Kentucky 78, South Carolina 51
Kentucky will jump out to a big lead in the first half against the woeful 2-6 South Carolina Gamecocks, but two minutes into the second half, Rupp Arena will have a power outage that delays the game half an hour. After the lights come back on, South Carolina will make an unprecedented run to get the game within one possession. As the game clock runs down, Nerlens Noel makes a huge defensive stand in the paint, and the Wildcats escape with a victory after the second half scare. Minus the power outage (most likely), and you have tonight’s game.
Kentucky 68, South Carolina 62
UK will win at keep the streak alive at 5. Willie Cauley-Stein will make an appearance and get a standing ovation from BBN since his big man presence has certainly been missed. Kentucky will be in control the whole game and come out on top, winning by at least 17 points. Kyle Wiltjer goes for 23, Alex Poythress gets 15, and Nerlens Noel knocks down 7 blocks.
Kentucky 75, South Carolina 58
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I’m predicting a comfortable win for the Wildcats over South Carolina when the Gamecocks roll into Rupp Arena. This will be the 57th meeting between the two schools with UK winning 46 contests and SC coming out on top only 10 times. The Gamecocks are smarting from an ugly two games slide against SEC foes Georgia and Florida, while UK has been victorious in five of their last six league encounters. Look for Noel to continue to dominate defensively, and it’s time for Wiltjer to have another monster offensive effort. If the Cats take care of SC and Auburn at home, then have a decent showing against the mighty Gators in Gainesvlle, we can stop sweating all this “bubble” talk. The only thing we have to fear is the intimidating stare of Frank Martin and the last time I checked, the SC coach did not have any eligibility left! The Cats win in convincing style.
Kentucky 78, South Carolina 62