Upset Complete: South Carolina basketball dominates 6th-ranked Kentucky

South Carolina basketball dominated the Kentucky Wildcats for the team's first ranked win in 16 tries.

South Carolina basketball point guard Ta'Lon Cooper
South Carolina basketball point guard Ta'Lon Cooper / Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
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South Carolina Basketball vs. Kentucky Wildcats
Stats, Scoring, and Observations

South Carolina basketball followed up their road win over Arkansas with a massive win at home over the Kentucky Wildcats. Playing again without Myles Stute, the Gamecocks dominated the 6th-ranked Wildcats, and Lamont Paris' team came away with a comfortable victory 79-62.

Here are the stats from the game:

STATS

Kentucky

Points

Leader: Rob Dillingham with 16

Rebounds

Leader: Aaron Bradshaw with 8

Assists

Leader: DJ Wagner with 3

Steals

Leader: DJ Wagner with 3

Blocks

Leader: Tre Mitchell and Zvonimir Ivisci each with 2

Other

The Wildcats shot 40% from the floor and 30% from behind the arc

South Carolina

Points

Leader: Ta'Lon Cooper with 20

Rebounds

Leader: Collin Murray-Boyles with 9

Assists

Leader: Ta'Lon Cooper and Collin Murray-Boyles each with 5

Steals

Leader: Collin Murray-Boyles and Zach Davis each with 2

Blocks

Leader: Collin Murray-Boyles with 3

Other

The Gamecocks made 11-24 shots from outside and turned the ball over just 9 times; 4 Gamecocks (Ta'Lon Cooper, Collin Murray-Boyles, Meechie Johnson, and Zach Davis) had at least 3 assists; 4 Gamecocks (Josh Gray, BJ Mack, Collin Murray-Boyles, and Ta'Lon Cooper) had at least 6 rebounds

BOX SCORE

OBSERVATIONS

  • Starters: Ta’Lon Cooper-Meechie Johnson-Zach Davis-BJ Mack-Collin Murray-Boyles
  • Collin Murray-Boyles continues starting in place of Stephen Clark, and Zach Davis again played today for the injured Myles Stute.
  • The early pace of the game was frenetic. The two teams were playing well on defense but not on offense. In the first 8 minutes, the teams combined for 6 blocked shots, 6 turnovers, and 30% shooting.
  • Foul trouble became a thing early as Meechie Johnson and Josh Gray had 2 fouls, but both players saw some minutes before the 1st half ended. Neither player picked up their 3rd.
  • In the 1st half, Rob Dillingham had 11 points on 5-8 shooting. The rest of Kentucky's team had 14 points on 6-24.
  • Jacobi Wright, who had struggled as a 3-point shooter this season, tickled the twine with regularity on Tuesday. The 23% 3-point shooter made his first 4 long balls of the night.
  • The Gamecocks won the defense struggle of the 1st half, and they won the fast-paced offensive game in the 2nd half.
  • Ta'Lon Cooper, Josh Gray, and Collin Murray-Boyles were incredible all night.

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