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Louisville Cardinals vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Pick-Odds-prediction - 3/13/14 AAC Playoffs

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (12-20) at Louisville Cardinals (26-5)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm (FedExForum)

The Line: Louisville Cardinals -19 -- Over/Under: 144 See the Latest Odds


The Louisville Cardinals look to boot the Rutgers Scarlet Knights from the AAC playoffs Thursday.

Rutgers knocked off South Florida 72-68 in their conference playoff opener in was just a two point game with two ticks remaining before free throws ended it. Both teams sank shots in the 45% range with with the Bulls owning a few more field goals and the Scarlet Knights sinking four more free throws. Leading scorer Kadeem Jack tossed in 18 points and snagged six boards with Wally Judge adding 15 points and ten rebounds followed by Myles Mack and JJ Moore with 16 and 13 points.

Louisville Cardinals vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Pick-Odds-prediction - 3/13/14 AAC Playoffs

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Louisville begins defense of their National Championship when they face Rutgers in a quarterfinal bout Thursday. At 15-3 the Cardinals finished in a first place tie with Cincinnati thanks in large part to the best scoring and defensive combination in the conference. UL outscored the opposition 82-62 with double figure victories common. The Cardinals can win with just their scoring or defense and when both are on the same page this team is money in the bank. If the D performs as usual Russ Smith (17.5 ppg) and three other double digit scorers combining with a bevy of quality back ups will do plenty of damage on the scoreboard.

No line yet but obviously Louisville is a favorite in the conference and national stage so it will be large. Please check back for a pick when it is released. I can't play the huge spread although the Cardinals can easily cover it. Some value in the over...

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