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Louisville vs. Long Beach State - 12/30/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Long Beach State 49ers (5-9) at Louisville Cardinals (11-1)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm (KFC Yum! Center)

The Line: Louisville Cardinals -18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The Louisville Cardinals and the Long Beach State 49ers face off on Tuesday at the KFC YUM! Center in college basketball action.

The Louisville Cardinals are 11-1 this season and ranked number four in the nation but they are coming off of heir first loss of the season against Kentucky. Louisville is averaging 75 points and they are shooting 42.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 54.7 points and their opponents are shooting 34.9 percent. Terry Rozier leads the Cardinals averaging 16.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Montrezl Harrell is averaging 16 points and 9.8 rebounds, Wayne Blackshear is averaging 13.4 points and 5.7 rebounds, and Chris Jones is averaging 12.3 points. Louisville is 10th in the nation in average points allowed and ninth in shooting percentage against.

Louisville vs. Long Beach State - 12/30/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Long Beach State 49ers have played a brutal out of conference schedule ad hey are 5-9 this season losing five games in a row. LBSU is averaging 66.8 points and they are shooting 42.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 73.4 points and their opponents are shooting 44.4 percent. Michael Caffey is averaging 17.6 points per game to lead the 49ers. Tyler Lamb is averaging 10.6 points, David Samuels is averaging 7.9 points and 5.3 rebounds, and Branford Jones is averaging 7.1 points. This is Long Beach State’s fourth game against a team ranked in the top 25.

Louisville is 5-1-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record, 1-5-2 against the spread in their last eight home games, and 0-3-1 against the spread in their last four games. Long Beach State is 5-2 against the spread following a loss, 4-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four Tuesday games.

This is a big number and Louisville hasn’t been good against the number but LBSU hasn’t held up against the tough competition making this pick difficult but it is a lean to Long Beach State. 

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Long Beach State 49ers +18

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