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Seth Davis picks Kentucky to not only lose to South Carolina, but score only 61 points

There are hot takes, and then there are takes so hot they’re just plain stupid; the one I’m about to share is the latter. Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis released his predictions for this weekend’s game, and not only picked Kentucky to lose to South Carolina, but predicted the Cats will only score 61 points. Yes, the same Cats that are currently averaging 93.3 points a game. Obligatory, HUH?!

“It is nearly impossible to go into Rupp Arena and slow down the Wildcats’ ridiculously speedy attack, but if any team can do it, it’s Frank Martin’s Gamecocks,” Davis wrote. “They lead the nation in defensive efficiency, they are ranked 200th nationally in tempo, and they have not lost a game with senior guard Sindarius Thornwell in the lineup. South Carolina is especially proficient at locking up opposing guards. It’s much easier to take a team that wants to run and force it to play slow than the other way around. Yes, it won’t be easy for an offensively challenged team to put enough points on the board to pull this off, but that’s why they’re called upsets. South Carolina 62, Kentucky 61.

While I agree with Davis that Frank Martin’s team has one of the best defensive teams in the country, I just can’t see this Kentucky team scoring 61 points or less in any game. While South Carolina is only allowing 59.4 points per game this season, it’s worth pointing out that they allowed 68 to Texas A&M, a team Kentucky beat by 42 and held to 58. The fewest number of points Kentucky’s scored this season are 69 vs. Michigan State and 70 in the loss to Louisville. Not only is tomorrow’s game in Rupp, the Cats are coming off a tough road game in which two of the top scorers underperformed.

Kentucky won’t score 100 tomorrow and heck, they might even lose, but they’re definitely going to score more than 61 points.

[Sports Illustrated]

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13 Comments for Seth Davis picks Kentucky to not only lose to South Carolina, but score only 61 points

  1. Rln-Slo81
    5:15 pm January 20, 2017 Permalink

    He’s always hating the BBN!!

  2. SanDiegoCats
    5:24 pm January 20, 2017 Permalink

    On SC’s court, they could definitely lose. Especially if shots aren’t falling and the big guys get into foul trouble, but they should not lose at Rupp. No way.

  3. binarysolo
    5:31 pm January 20, 2017 Permalink

    Could Sports Illustrated be… fake news?

  4. RealCatsFan
    5:43 pm January 20, 2017 Permalink

    Seth is just salty that his dookies are sucking hind tit! 😀

  5. az1006
    5:46 pm January 20, 2017 Permalink

    I think stuff like this is more intended to get clicks and views, rather than accuracy. Mission accomplished, I’d say.

  6. runningunnin.454
    6:25 pm January 20, 2017 Permalink

    He is free to put his money where his mouth is.

  7. UK Big Bored Update
    6:28 pm January 20, 2017 Permalink

    Seth davis typically can’t think straight after servicing Jerry Palm.

    His alimentary canal is so greased with Palm’s personal swimmers that he could breathe or fart on an ovulating female and imprgnate her with quadruplets.

  8. One Man Gang
    6:36 pm January 20, 2017 Permalink

    South Carolina lost a home game to freaking Clemson. The same team the tards just destroyed by 30.

  9. henderblue
    8:03 pm January 20, 2017 Permalink

    South Carolina may be proficient at stopping other teams guards, but they haven’t faced our guards. With help from the SEC refs they may hold the scoring down. As long as we score more than them it’ll be fine

  10. EdC
    8:34 pm January 20, 2017 Permalink

    Um yea, on Nov 15 he also predicted Mich State 80, Kentucky 75.

    The actual score: UK 69, Mich State 48.

  11. 8xchamp
    8:36 pm January 20, 2017 Permalink

    Poor seth, getting no attention. Someone hang a steak around his neck so he can play with his dog

  12. EdC
    8:57 pm January 20, 2017 Permalink

    Not that common opponents are a great predictor but

    At home South Carolina def Ole Miss 67-56 … on the road UK def Ole Miss 99-76
    At home South Carolina def A&M 67-56 … at home 100-58

    So, magically, UK is going to barely score more than Ole Miss and A&M? Even the whistle happy SEC refs. can’t make that happen.

    No win is guaranteed but UK’s lowest scoring game this year was 69 vs Mich St. in a 21 point win. There is no way South Carolina is going to hold UK to 61 in Rupp.

    In case anybody wondered Mr. Davis’ Twitter is @SethDavisHoops. I have already let reminded him of his Mich. State prediction that went so well that he was only off by 26 points in the wrong direction.

  13. playmorezeppelin
    9:44 pm January 20, 2017 Permalink

    While I definitely see a chance of us losing tomorrow, we won’t score under 70 points all season.