Top of the Key: MBB vs. No. 1 Kentucky

South Carolina looks to knock off No. 1 Kentucky, the nation’s only undefeated team (19-0), at 9 p.m. in the Colonial Life Arena. The game will broadcast live on ESPN, and will be called by Brad Nessler and Jimmy Dykes. You can also listen live on the Gamecock Radio Network where Andy Demetra and Casey Manning will have the call.

South Carolina (11-8, 2-3) Notes

  • South Carolina swept the Kentucky series last season. Devan Downey clinched the first win with 3 seconds left in the game at Rupp Arena for a 78-77 victory.
  • Colonial Life Arena hosts a No. 1 team for the first time. South Carolina has hosted a No.1 team just one other time (vs. Michigan in 1977).
  • Senior guard Devan Downey has posted at least 20 points in all five SEC games. In Saturday’s game versus Florida, Downey scored 36 of the Gamecocks 56 points.
  • Downey enters Tuesday’s game vs. Kentucky leading the SEC in scoring in overall games (21.9) and league games (31.6).
  • Carolina’s 7.1 blocked shots per game rank third in the Southeastern Conference, behind Mississippi State’s 8.4 and Kentucky’s 7.3 per contest, and eighth in the nation (as of Jan. 25 NCAA stats). Junior forward Sam Muldrow paces the Gamecocks with 3.3 blocks per game, second in the SEC and eighth in the nation.
  • Tuesday night’s game marks the fifth of 10 for the Gamecocks on the ESPN family of networks during 1009-10 regular season. South Carolina holds a 10-13 record in games played on the family of networks since the 2005-06 season.

No. 1/1 Kentucky (19-0, 4-0) Notes

  • Kentucky leads the series 41-9. The Wildcats have won six of the last 10 meetings, including three of the last five in Columbia.
  • Freshman forward DeMarcus Cousins recorded his 10th double-double of the season with 16 points and 14 rebounds in only 17 minutes of work against Arkansas.
  • Sophomore guard Darius Miller led the Wildcats against Arkansas on Saturday with a career best 18 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
  • John Wall and Eric Bledsoe joined Miller and Cousins in double-figures with 16 and 10 points respectively. Wall also tallied a game-high seven assists, three steals, and two blocks against Arkansas.


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2 responses to “Top of the Key: MBB vs. No. 1 Kentucky

  1. scbar

    Take it to ’em, Gamecocks!!

  2. Joe Chaney

    Thank you South Carolina GameCocks!!!!
    All of Memphis Tennessee celebrate with you for beating Calipari (the backstabbing former coach at Memphis) and the Kentucky Wildcats. When Memphis lost to Kansas two years ago in the NCAA final game we have been in the dumps. Not anymore! We have been redeemed!!!! Thank you Lord, thank you Gamecocks. WE LOVE YOU.

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