College Basketball Betting on South Carolina at Kentucky

December 1st, 2010 NCAA Basketball

College basketball betting on Thursday features a revenge game as Kentucky host South Carolina, the only team to beat them this season.

While the Gamecocks were able to win at home against the Wildcats, winning at Rupp Arena is likely to be a lot more difficult.  Kentucky is a double-digit favorite in NCAA basketball betting odds in this game that can be seen on ESPN 2.

College basketball betting has seen Kentucky play even better since they lost that game at South Carolina. They have won seven straight since then and they have been a very profitable 5-2 against the NCAA basketball betting line in those games. The chemistry on this Kentucky team is excellent even though they are very young.  It is “Because they like each other. They respect each other,” said Kentucky coach John Calipari. “The veterans respect the talent of the young players. The young kids respect the talent of the veterans. They have all accepted roles. But the biggest thing is they all like each other.”

This is an interesting week for Kentucky as they play the revenge game against South Carolina on Thursday and then travel to Tennessee on Saturday in college basketball betting for what should be a great game.  “Going up there I imagine there will probably be a huge crowd and a crazy game.” Calipari said about facing Tennessee, “I think both games will be hard. We just keep trying to get better.”  Kentucky has some exciting young players led by John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins. Both continue to get better. Cousins has been in double figures in 18 of his last 19 games. He’s averaging 16.1 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots per game.

South Carolina is simply not a good team away from home in college basketball betting.  They have only one road victory in the conference and that was at Auburn. They are just 2-7 vs. the college basketball betting odds in road games this season. Since their win over Kentucky the Gamecocks have lost four of their last six. “For 40 minutes, we’ll need to be able to do the things that we need to do to give ourselves an opportunity to win,” South Carolina coach Darrin Horn said, “The reality is, right now, we’re not lining up toe to toe physically or experienced-wise and then slugging it out with anybody.”

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