Indiana vs. Louisville - 12/9/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Louisville Cardinals (7-0) at Indiana Hoosiers (7-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: Indiana Hoosiers +8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Louisville Cardinals and Indiana Hoosiers play Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Louisville Cardinals remain unbeaten and would love another quality win under their belt. On the season, Louisville is averaging 76 points on 44.4 percent shooting and is allowing 49.3 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Montrezl Harrell leads the Cardinals with 16.1 points and 9.4 rebounds while Terry Rozier is averaging 13 points and 5.7 rebounds. Chris Jones is averaging 3.3 assists and Wayne Blackshear is shooting 39.4 percent from the field. The Louisville Cardinals rely heavily on their defense that is forcing 19 turnovers per game and holding teams to 22.8 percent shooting from deep. Louisville is also the second-best rebounding team in the country with 46.3 boards per game. However, Louisville is shooting just 59 percent from the line and 28.1 percent from downtown.
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The Indiana Hoosiers have won three straight and looking for their second win over a ranked team. On the season, Indiana is averaging 88.4 points on 52.4 percent shooting and is allowing 69.2 points on 43.7 percent shooting. James Blackmon Jr. leads Indiana with 19.5 points and 5.1 rebounds while Yogi Ferrell is averaging 17.3 points and 5.8 rebounds. Troy Williams is shooting 61.2 percent from the field and Robert Johnson is averaging 3.9 assists per game. The Indiana Hoosiers are one of the best offensive teams in the country, shooting 74.7 percent from the line and 43.9 percent from beyond the arc. Indiana’s defense could use some work, as it’s forcing just 13.5 turnovers per contest and has allowed 70-plus points in three of its last five games.
The Hoosiers are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games. The Cardinals are 23-8 ATS in their last 31 neutral site games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
On a neutral site, I like the Indiana Hoosiers and the points here. Louisville isn't consistent enough offensively to blow out an elite offensive team such as the Hoosiers. I like this Indiana team and think its going to use this game to prove to the rest of the Big Ten that this team is legit. Louisville should be on upset alert here.