The South Carolina Gamecocks will get their second chance to knock off the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday, February 14th at Rupp Arena. In their first meeting, Kentucky proved why they’re ranked second in the nation in points allowed (51.5 ppg), allowing South Carolina to only score 43 points (19 in the second half) en route to a 15 point victory on January 24th.
The Gamecocks shot 12 for 53 from the field (.226) and shot 4 for 27 from the field in the final 24 minutes.
It would take a mammoth effort from the Gamecocks (11-11, 2-8) to knock off the Wildcats at Rupp Arena. South Carolina has dropped six of their last seven with their win coming at home against Georgia on January 31st. South Carolina have yet to win on the road during SEC play this season.
According to TiqIQ.com, the average ticket price for the South Carolina Gamecocks vs. the Kentucky Wildcats is $310.14 with a walk-in price of $85. For those who missed the first game between the two teams, you can enjoy Rupp Arena and the city of Lexington, KY by our partners at Hipmunk.com to book flights to Kentucky. Hipmunk can also help with Lexington hotels which have room rates for Saturday night for as low as $52. it could be a good way of spending a Valentine’s Day watching South Carolina on enemy territory.
Kentucky may be in the midst of one of college basketball’s unforgettable seasons. Kentucky (23-0, 10-0) hasn’t had many close calls this season, but had one of their smallest winning margins this past Saturday playing at Florida. After winning four consecutive games by double digits, Florida led Kentucky at halftime before the Wildcats pulled away in the second half and won by seven points.
The Wildcats are unsure if they will have starting forward Trey Lyles available for the game on Saturday. Lyles missed the last three games due to an undisclosed illness.
Head Coach Frank Martin is in the third season of the rebuilding process at South Carolina. Martin was the runner-up in the Associated Press’ National Coach of the Year award in 2010 at Kansas State, but has yet to reach a postseason tournament with the Gamecocks.