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Houston Cougars vs. Louisville Cardinals Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/5/14

Louisville Cardinals (18-4) at Houston Cougars (11-11)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Hofheinz Pavilion)

The Line: Houston Cougars +13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Houston Cougars look to upset the Louisville Cardinal in front of the home crowd.

Louisville showed no ill effects from their loss to Cincinnati as they pounded out an 87-70 decision versus visiting Central Florida. The Cardinals need to keep winning and hope somebody can knock off unbeaten Cincy and their suffocating defense who own a two game lead in the AAC. This was typical Louisville with with both ends of the floor playing well with Central Florida held to 38% shooting with the home team hitting at 51.6%. Russ Smith tossed in a game high 27 points followed by Luke Hancock with 16 pointa while Montrezl Harrell and Wayne Blackshear posting 14 and ten points.

Houston Cougars vs. Louisville Cardinals Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/5/14

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Houston is 3-6 in the conference which is good for a sixth place tie so winning the AAC isn't in the future. The Cougars are playing for position to avoid playing one of the top guns in the postseason so there is plenty at stake going forward. The Cougars kicked off the conference slate 2-0 but it's been all downhill since with a 1-6 record after Rutgers ambushed them 93-70 on Saturday. A 15 point Scarlet Knights lead after 20 minutes held up with 43% UH marksmanship not comparing to the home team's 52.5% accuracy. TaShawn Thomas was the Cougars top scorer with 19 points and 12 rebounds followed by Brandon Morris with 13 while Daniel

House and JJ Rose netted eleven points each.Louisville has to keep winning to stay on the heels of Cincinnati and I think they do. The problem is the big road chalk I have zero interest in but I'll keep an eye on this...

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