Louisville vs. UC Irvine NCAA Tournament - 3/20/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC Irvine Anteaters (21-12) at Louisville Cardinals (24-8)
College Basketball: Friday, March 20, 2015 at 4:10 pm (KeyArena)
The Line: Louisville Cardinals -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Louisville Cardinals and the UC-Irvine Anteaters face off on Friday in Seattle in a first round game of the East Region of the NCAA Tournament.
The Louisville Cardinals are 24-8 and are a number four seed in the NCAA Tournament despite taking an early exit from the ACC Tournament. Louisville is averaging 69.2 points and they are shooting 42.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 59.5 points and their opponents are shooting 38.9 percent. Terry Rozier leads the Cardinals averaging 17.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Montrezl Harrell is averaging 15.7 points and 9.5 rebounds, Wayne Blackshear is averaging 10.9 points, and Chinanu Onuaku is averaging 3.3 points. Louisville is 12-1 out of conference and 2-1 in neutral site games but much of that was with Chris Jones in the lineup and he has since been dismissed from the team.
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The UC Irvine Anteaters are 21-12 this season and winners of the Big West Conference Tournament which is good enough to land them the 13th seed in in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament. UC Irvine is averaging 67.9 points and they are shooting 46.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 62.3 points and their opponents are shooting 39.3 percent. Will Davis II leads the Anteaters averaging 12.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Luke Nelson is averaging 10.5 points, Mamadou Ndiaye is averaging 10.4 points and 5.1 rebounds, and Alex Young is averaging 9.6 points. UC Irvine is 7-7 outside of the Big West and 5-0 in neutral site games.
Louisville is 24-9 against the spread in their last 33 neutral site games, 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games, and 4-0 against the spread following a double-digit home loss. UC Irvine is 5-0 against the spread in their last five neutral site games, 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games, and 4-1 against the spread following a win.
Louisville played poorly down the stretch and I can see them at least struggling here.