Kinsey attended and played collegiately at the University of South Carolina where he helped lead the Gamecocks to two straight NIT championships; averaging 19.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.6 steals and shooting 53% from the field in the NIT Tournament.
NIT Championship Game 2005
While a junior at the University of South Carolina, Kinsey was an essential player on the Gamecocks basketball team. As the team made it to the NIT (National Invitation Tournament), they reached the championship game against St. Joseph's University. With less than 6 seconds remaining on the clock, St. Joe's sharpshooter Pat Carroll hit a 3-pointer to tie the game up, 57–57. Kinsey got the inbounds pass for USC, dribbled up court, and fired a 3-pointer that hit nothing but net with 1.3 seconds left to win the NIT for South Carolina, 60-57.