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Louisville vs. Utah Valley - 12/23/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Utah Valley Wolverines (5-7) at Louisville Cardinals (10-1)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm (KFC Yum! Center)

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

TV: ESPN U

The Utah Valley Wolverines and the 16th ranked Louisville Cardinals will face off in the Billy Minardi Classic at the KFC Yum! Center this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Utah Valley Wolverines had their three game winning streak snapped and dropped to 5-7 (0-0 WAC) on the season after being defeated by the UNC Wilmington Seahawks, 102-77, last night. Utah Valley struggled defensively in this one and couldn’t overcome a 55-36 halftime deficit in the loss. Utah Valley shot 41.7% from the field and was outrebounded by UNC Wilmington by a 50-32 margin. The Wolverines allowed the Seahawks to shoot 49.4% from the field and committed 13 turnovers. Leading the way for Utah Valley was Jaden Jackson who had 17 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, the Wolverines have been led by Konner Frey (15.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.3 apg), Marcel Davis (11.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.1 apg), and Jaden Jackson (11.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.1 apg). Offensively, Utah Valley is averaging 75.2 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field and 33.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Wolverines average 7.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.90. Defensively, Utah Valley is allowing their opponents to average 74.7 ppg on 42.1% shooting. The Wolverines have a rebound margin of -1.0 and a turnover margin of -1.0.

Louisville vs. Utah Valley - 12/23/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 16th ranked Louisville Cardinals won their 5th straight game and improved to 10-1 (0-0 ACC) on the season after defeating the UMKC Kangaroos, 75-47, last night. Louisville used a strong defensive effort to gain a 38-22 halftime lead and never let UMKC get within single digits in the 2nd half. Louisville shot 49.1% from the field and forced UMKC to commit 19 turnovers in the victory. The Cardinals held the Kangaroos to just 29.8% shooting from the field and 31.6% (6-19) shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Louisville was Chinanu Onuaku who had 10 points, 9 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 2 assists. On the season, the Cardinals have been led by Damion Lee (17.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.8 spg), Trey Lewis (14.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.8 apg), and Chinanu Onuaku (9.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.8 bpg). Offensively, Louisville is averaging 86.0 ppg on 51.8% shooting from the field and 38.1% shooting from three-point range. The Cardinals average 6.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.39. Defensively, Louisville is holding their opponents to an average of 55.6 ppg on 35.2% shooting from the field. The Cardinals have a rebound margin of 16.5 and a turnover margin of 4.2.

 The Wolverines are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cardinals are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.

Louisville has been getting great production from their transfers Damion Lee (Drexel) and Trey Lewis (Cleveland State) to go along with Chinanu Onuaku anchoring the defense in the post. Utah State has tried to keep the tempo up during their games however, have struggled if their three-pointers are dropping and haven’t put much of a fight on the defensive side of the ball. This game has yet to be lined but as Louisville is one of the best on the defensive teams in the country and that they will be on their home court, I just don’t see Utah Valley keeping this one close at all and expect another 25-30 point win by the Cardinals.  

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