By LARRY VAUGHT
Get ready for Kentucky coach John Calipari to tell you that if South Carolina is clicking from 3-point range it could be a really hard game for Kentucky Tuesday night in Rupp Arena.
South Carolina was 15-for-23 from the field in the second half during its win at Georgia Saturday and went 11-for-16 — 68.8 percent — from 3-point range. South Carolina built a 15-point lead in the first half, holding Georgia to 3-for-19 (16 percent) shooting the first 11 minutes of what turned out to be an 86-60 road win.
The Gamecocks are only 11-10 overall but are a surprising 6-2 in SEC play.
Senior Chris Silva had 19 points — his 12th double-figure scoring game in the last 14 — at Georgia along with six rebounds. Freshman A.J. Lawson had 19 points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Hassani Gravett gave the Gamecocks a huge lift off the bench with 13 points and went 3-for-4 from 3-pont range.
Point guard Tre Campbell went 3-for-4 from 3-point range as did sophomore Felipe Hasse.
South Carolina has not won in Rupp Arena since 2009 and look for South Carolina defensively to try what Florida did — jam the middle and let UK take 3-pointers that no one but Tyler Herro could hit early in Saturday’s game.
Florida was the ninth time this season Kentucky has shot 30 percent or worse from 3-point range in a game and with the way PJ Washington has been dominating inside, look for South Carolina to make UK show it can score outside.