Louisville Cardinals vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles Pick, Odds, Prediction 11/29/13
Southern Miss Golden Eagles (6-0) at Louisville Cardinals (5-1)
College Basketball: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm (KFC Yum! Center)
The Line: Louisville Cardinals -14.5 -- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN Full Court
The Louisville Cardinals and the Southern Miss Golden Eagles face off on Friday in college basketball action.
The Louisville Cardinals are coming off of their first loss of the year as they weren’t just upset by the North Carolina Tar Heels, they were beaten soundly. Louisville had played a soft schedule up to the UNC game but with all of the returning talent from last year’s National Champions the thought was that they were already battle tested. Russ Smith leads Louisville averaging 20.2 points with 3.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. Chris Jones is averaging 14.5 points, Montrezl Harrell is averaging 12.5 points and 9.8 rebounds, and Wayne Blackshear is averaging 9.3 points. As a team Louisville is averaging 84.7 points and they are shooting 45.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 61.5 points and their opponents are shooting 41 percent. Louisville is currently ranked ninth in the country but they know championships aren’t won in November.
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The Southern Miss Golden Eagles are still unbeaten this season as they enter this game 6-0. Southern Miss has played the 200th ranked schedule in the nation thus far and this one figures to be one of their tougher games of the year. Aaron Brown is the Golden Eagles leading scorer averaging 11.7 points per game. Neil Watson averages 10.7 points, Daveon Boardingham is averaging 10.5 points and 5.0 rebounds, and Michael Craig is averaging 9.8 points and 6.2 rebounds. Southern Miss is averaging 74 points and they are shooting 48.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 60.5 points and their opponents are shooting 41.2 percent. The is USM’s fourth road game already this season.
Louisville is 11-4 against the spread in their last 15 home games, 13-5 against the spread in their last 18 non-conference games, and 0-5 against the spread following a loss. Southern Miss is 3-7-1 against the spread in their last 11 road games, 5-11-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 4-1 against the spread in their last five Friday games.
This is a ton of points against a good team and while I wouldn’t be overly shocked of Louisville blew Southern Miss out here I wouldn’t bet on it.
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