Louisville Cardinals vs. UMKC Kangaroos - 12/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UMKC Kangaroos (7-4) at Louisville Cardinals (9-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 9:00 pm (KFC Yum! Center)
The Line: Louisville Cardinals -21 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The #16 Louisville Cardinals shoot for another win when they face the Kangaroos of UMKC.
The UMKC Kangaroos aren’t the biggest name in college basketball but have defeated some more well known programs and could be considered a surprise. The Kangaroos improved to 7-4 in a 71-69 victory versus sub Rockhurst 71-60. A 46-26 second half erased a nine point deficit after 20 minutes. UMKC hit at 48% from the floor to outdistance the 31% shooting Hawks for eleven more field goals. Martez Harrison led Missouri-Kansas City with 16 points and five assists with LaVell Boyd scoring 14. Deshawn King and Darius Austin rounded out the top contributors with 21 points and nine boards.
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The Louisville Cardinals didn’t begin the season ranked but have climbed to #16 with tremendous scoring and defense. The Cardinals picked up win number four in a row in a 78-56 rout of Western Kentucky on Saturday as a 23 point favorite. An 18 point lead at the half pretty much ended the Hilltoppers hopes with41% shooting and 15 giveaways not able to compete 12 more Cardinals looks and 46% accuracy. UL was 7-14 on threes and totaled eight more baskets. Quentin Snyder led all scorers with 16 points while Damion Lee and Trey Lewis scored 15 points apiece. Chinanu Onuaka and Donovan Mitchell combined for 18 points and 20 rebounds as everybody contributed in the eight man rotation.
UMKC are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. Louisville are 5-2-2 ATS in their last 9 Tuesday games and the under is 7-3-2 in their last 12 non-conference games. I have this one around 20 but Louisville could settle for a 15 point win or go for throat…