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Louisville Cardinals vs. Houston Cougars Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/16/14

Houston Cougars (10-6) at Louisville Cardinals (14-3)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm (KFC Yum! Center)

The Line: Louisville Cardinals -19.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The KFC Yum! Center and the Louisville Cardinals host the Houston Cougars in AAC action.

Houston is missing a key part in injured Danuel House yet have reasonably well as they have kicked off the AAC slate at 2-1. The Cougars gave conference power Cincinnati a huge scare in a 61-60 defeat where a spirited come back from a 16 first half deficit fell just short. UH connected at 41% from the floor with the defense holding the Bearcats to under 37%. Brandon Smith led a trio of double digit scorers with 17 points with the duo of Jherrod Stiggers and TaShawn Thomas combining for 21 points with Thomas hauling in nine rebounds.

Louisville Cardinals vs. Houston Cougars Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/16/14

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Louisville can put the ball in the basket and defend like few other teams which is why they are a threat to win back to back National Championships. The Cardinals turned back a strong challenge from Southern Methodist 71-63 to up their record to 3-1 in the AAC. The Cardinals owned a 12 point lead heading in to the locker room before holding off a late Mustangs charge. The Cardinals hit at 47% to clearly out gun SMU who mustered just 37% from the floor but stayed close with 12 more attempts on the strength of 18 offensive rebounds. Luke Hancock and Russ Smith were a potent one, two punch with 23 points each with Montrezl Harrell adding 12 points and 13 boards.

Louisville is far better then Houston even though the Cougars have played well in the AAC to this point. I am always leary of a Cardinals blowout but I'm still going with the points because there are a lot...

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