Louisville Cardinals vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/16/14
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (10-15) at Louisville Cardinals (20-4)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm (KFC Yum! Center)
The Line: Louisville Cardinals -21 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights visit the KFC Yum! Center to square off with the Louisville Cardinals Sunday.
Rutgers has found the going tough in the AAC which is about as top heavy as any conference in the country which means there is no mercy for any team that struggles. Rutgers fits the description of a team that has had problems in the conference with a 4-7 record and those issues continued in a 77-65 loss to visiting Southern Methodist. The Scarlet Knights need to score and didn't here with 41% from the floor that was punctuated by 3-14 shooting from long range. The Mustangs connected at 49% and sank eight bombs which was too much firepower for the home team to deal with. Mylyes Mack netted 17 points with Kadeem Jack adding 15 points and eight rebounds.
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Few teams have been able to score and defend like Louisville and that combination has the Cardinals hot on the trail of first place Cincinnati at 9-2 which is one game off the pace in the AAC. That ability to score and defend was on full display Friday night in their 82-58 rout of Temple on the road in which a 27 point lead heading to the locker room easily stood up. The Cardinals 51.6% marksmanship overshadowed the home team's 37% and translated in to ten more field goals. Montrezl Harrell led all scorers with 22 points and ten rebounds with Russ Smith and Wayne Blackshear netting 15 and 13 points while Luke Hancock and Chris Jones combined for 20 points as the Cardinals emptied the bench.
Is anybody surprised by the big spread? If Louisvlle plays their game this could be a name your score type affair but whether they do or even care is the question. No real interest from me but based on potential I'll throw this out there...