Kentucky returns to Rupp Arena to face a peculiar opponent. Two years removed from a Final Four run, Frank Martin’s South Carolina Gamecocks limped into the season. They entered SEC play 5-7 with losses to Wyoming, Stony Brook and Wofford. Once SEC play began, a switch was flipped.
The Gamecocks are fourth in the SEC with a 6-2 record. They’ve only lost to Tennessee and at LSU. Carolina’s fighting their way into the NCAA Tournament picture. They desperately need a win at Rupp to help erase their non-conference woes.
Chris Silva leads the Gamecocks in points (14.1) and rebounds (7). What they lack in offensive star power, they make up for in physicality. A 40-minute battle awaits.
How to Watch and Listen
Tom Hart is coming back to Lexington to call the game with former Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy. Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm on the SEC Network. If you can’t get in front of a TV, there are a few different ways you can listen to the Voice of the Wildcats:
- AM: 840 WHAS, 630 WLAP
- FM: 98.1 WBUL
- Satellite: XM-192 and Sirius-146
- Online: iHeart Radio
Back in the Top Five
Kentucky is right where they belong. After opening the season ranked second, the Cats had to scratch and claw to get back into the top five. A second half comeback win and a pair of losses from the Michigan schools did just the trick to get UK into the top five of the Coaches‘ and AP Poll.
The line opened at Kentucky -16 with a total of 146.5. The Cats have covered in six straight games.
Prepare on the KSR Pregame Show
Before Kentucky hits the hardwood at Rupp, listen to Matt Jones and the KSR crew preview the matchup between the Cats and the Cocks. All of the action begins on 630 WLAP or online at 4:30 pm.
Tale of the Tape
“Eye Don’t Know What’s Happening”
That’s how I would caption John Calipari’s face as a fan explained to him that he has a prosthetic UK eye he wears during Kentucky basketball games.
"I've got a prosthetic UK eye…"
This was the call of the night on The @UK_HealthCare John Calipari Show.
— UK Sports Network (@UKSportsNetwork) February 5, 2019
It was almost as awkward as Chris Mack’s halftime interview.
Chris Mack’s response to Allison Williams was…something? pic.twitter.com/7lvQh46Xxo
— Nick Coffey (@TheCardConnect) February 5, 2019
Catch up on what you missed from The John Calipari Show here.
So. Many. Threes.
Coach Cal loves to describe this team as his “best shooting team ever,” even though the stats don’t necessarily reflect that sentiment. That belief likely stems from practice, where he is seeing things we aren’t. During yesterday’s five-minute three-point shooting drill, Calipari said Tyler Herro knocked down 95 three-pointers. That’s a lot of three-pointers.
Cane’s for a Cause