Louisville Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/30/14
Cincinnati Bearcats (19-2) at Louisville Cardinals (17-3)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm (KFC Yum! Center)
The Line: Louisville Cardinals -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The #15 Cincinnati Bearcats visit the #7 Louisville Cardinals at the KFC Yum! Center on Thursday.
Cincinnati sits atop the AAC at 8-0 with a suffocating defense making life a lot more tolerable for the offense who isn't explosive. The scoring actually came to the rescue in an 80-76 decision at Temple on Sunday with a double figure lead in the second half disappearing. The Bearcats burned the nets at nearly 55% shooting with the Owls held to 38% but staying close thanks to ten three pointers and nine more makes at the foul line. Sean Kilpatrick shouldered the offense with 29 points and eight boards followed by Shaquille Thomas with 15 points while Titus Rubles combined with Troy Caupain for 17 points with Caupain handing out nine assists.
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Louisville is right in the hunt for the top spot in the AAC which should surprise nobody with the way this team scores and defends. Consistency at both ends of the floor have been key to the Cardinals succes and that trend continued in an 86-47 road victory versus South Florida behind 51% from the field. A 12-23 effort from long range highlighted the scoring while the defense held the Bulls to 36% accuracy and forced 22 turnovers. Wayne Blackshear spearheaded the scoring with 16 points followed by Luke Hancock and Montrezl Harrell with 14 points apiece while Terry Rozier and Mangok Mathiang tossed in 19 points.
Huge spread here for a match up of ranked teams in my view. From what I have seen from the Cardinals is they are a manace when out to prove a point. I don't think they want to drop another conference game so I would think their guns will be blazing here...