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Central Florida Knights vs. Louisville Cardinals Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/31/13

Louisville Cardinals (11-2) at Central Florida Knights (8-3)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 5:00 pm (CFE Arena)

The Line: Central Florida Knights +12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The #4 Louisville Cardinals visit UCF Arena to take the hardwood with the Central Florida Knights.

Louisville certainly looks capable of winning back to back National Championships whith their combination of scoring and defense both of which were not quite enough in a 73-66 loss to Kentucky. The Cardinals trailed by five at the half and were never able to make the push to get the win with less then 40% shooting while UK hit at which meant a few more baskets and the win. Russ Smith led the Cardinals attack with 19 points on 7-20 with Chris Jones right on his heels with 18 while Luke Hancock contributed eight points. Louisville just did not get enough balanced scoring from their nine man rotation.

Central Florida Knights vs. Louisville Cardinals Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/31/13

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Central Florida has been putting up some impressive numbers on the way to five consecutive victories although the naysayers will claim the numbers were built against weaker competition. The Knights are riding the momentum of an easier then expected 90-62 demolition of Valparaiso in which the lead was 23 after 20 minutes behind red hot 51.7% shooting including 11-19 from long range. With the Crusaders giving the ball away 17 times and shooting 39% the game was never in doubt. Tristan Spurlock pumped in a game high 22 points with Brandon Goodwin and Eugene McCrory adding 12 and eleven points while Kasey Wilson and Isaiah Sykes contributed ten points each.

Louisville is a sizeable favorite against a team that has been steamrolling opponents. The problem is the strength of schedule has not been strong so this will be interesting to say the least...

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Louisville -12.5

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