Top-ranked Kentucky will try and remain unbeaten as they face South Carolina on Tuesday in ESPN’s feature college basketball betting game. The Wildcats are the only unbeaten team in the country at 19-0. They routed Arkansas on Saturday and seem to be getting better as the season goes along. “I think we would have beat any team (Saturday). Everybody came to play. Our bench stepped in and gave 100 percent. This is the best we have played all year and when we play like that, nobody can beat us,” guard Eric Bledsoe said. “We played defense and it carried over to our offense.”
Kentucky is a 6.5 point favorite at SBG Global.
Bledsoe, John Wall and his teammates should get a challenge from South Carolina who is led by Devan Downey who is averaging almost 22 points per game. “I like guarding the best player on the opposite team. I don’t care who it is. If you can play, you are still going to have to show me you can beat me,” Bledsoe said. “We didn’t let Clark do much against us. That’s what we will hopefully do against Downey.”
The concern for Kentucky this college basketball betting season has been letting down after building big leads. That did not happen on Saturday in their rout of Arkansas.
“Once we started getting up, we start playing like we don’t have to play no more, so me and John started telling everybody just to keep playing hard and not let up. I think that kind of helped us and we stretched the lead out. That’s what we have to do every game,” Bledsoe said.
There is no question that Kentucky is getting better. And the players don’t seem satisfied. “We are not satisfied with being No. 1. That is the good thing about this team. We are never going to get complacent. Everybody comes in and we just work hard. No matter what drill we are doing, everybody will go hard.” Bledsoe added.
South Carolina has really not shown much this college basketball betting season. They are 11-8 overall and 7-9 against the spread. They are coming off losses at Florida and Mississippi. The Gamecocks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
The Wildcats are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings at South Carolina. The road team in this series is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.