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Louisville Cardinals vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/14/13

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (5-3) at Louisville Cardinals (8-1)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm (KFC Yum! Center)

The Line: Louisville Cardinals -22 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers travel to Louisville to play the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon.

Western Kentucky improved to 5-3 on the year after beating S. Illinois 69-60 last week. The Hilltoppers shot 41% from the field and 33% from behind the arc, while knocking down 77% of their free throws. Brandon Harris scored a career-high 30 points as he made 8 of 17 from the field, 6 for 6 from the line and sank 8 three-pointers. George Fant had 19 points and 5 rebounds for Western Kentucky, while Aaron Adeoye chipped in with 11 points and a team-high 8 rebounds, along with 2 assists, 1 steal, and 4 blocks. On the year, junior G T.J. Price leads the Hilltoppers in scoring, averaging 15.6 points per game. Fant is averaging 13.9 points and a team-high 6 rebounds per game. As a team, Western Kentucky ranks near the bottom in almost every statistical category this season, including a horrid 39% from the field so far this year. This will be the Hilltoppers fifth road game of the year; Western Kentucky is 1-3 on the road.

Louisville Cardinals vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/14/13

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The Louisville Cardinals improved 8-1 on the year after beating ULL 113-74 last week. Louisville shot over 61% from the field but only 22% from behind the arc. The Cardinals shot 82.5% from the charity stripe, knocking down 33-of-40 free throws in the win. Sophomore F Montrezl Harrell led the team with 20 points and 8 rebounds. G Russ Smith added 6 points to go along with 3 rebounds and 3 steals for the Cardinals. The Louisville defense was great as usual, as they produced 8 steals and forced ULL into 17 turnovers. On the year, Smith leads the team with 17.6 points and 4.3 assists per game. Junior Chris Jones is averaging 14.9 points and 2.6 assists per contest, while Harrell is averaging 13.3 points and a team-high 9.2 rebounds per game. Louisville ranks amongst the top 20 in both scoring and rebounding this season, while shooting over 46% from the field as a team thus far. The Cardinals only loss was to North Carolina on a neutral court, but besides that game, Louisville has played an easy schedule early in the year.

Louisville has won the last four meetings, including a 23 point win at Western Kentucky last year. The Hilltoppers are struggling early on in the season and this is not a good spot for them to get back on track. Meanwhile, the Cardinals are playing great defense and have enough playmakers on offense to score a ton of points. I think Louisville wins big.

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