Old Dominion Monarchs vs. Louisville Cardinals - 11/23/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Louisville Cardinals (3-0) at Old Dominion Monarchs (2-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 9:30 pm (Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort)
The Line: Old Dominion Monarchs +15 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Old Dominion Monarchs have upset on their minds when they take on the 10th-ranked Louisville Cardinals in the quarterfinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament on Wednesday night.
The Old Dominion Monarchs improved to 2-0 with a 64-61 win over the Richmond Spiders. Ahmad Caver was one of 3 Monarchs to finish win at least 10 points in the win, leading the way with 13 points on 4 of 6 from the floor, with a pair of 3-pointers to his credit to go along with 7 rebounds. Zoran Talley followed behind with 12 points on the night, and would’ve finished with a better stat-line had he made more than 4 of his 12 attempts in the game however he did do his best to make up for it by going 4 of 6 from the free throw line. B.J. Stith rounded out the trio with 10 points on the night, going 4 of 11 from the field including a pair of 3s on 3 tries. Denzell Taylor may not have been close to joining them with just 3 points in 40 minutes, but he did pull down a team-high 9 rebounds in the win. As a team, Old Dominion is scoring 63 points per game, leaving them 330th out of 347 D-I programs, granted that’s only been over a 2-game stretch. They are doing so while shooting 40.2% from the field, 37.9% from 3-point range while making just 61.7% of their shots from the charity stripe.
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The 10th-ranked Louisville Cardinals won their 3rd straight in blowout fashion by dismantling the Long Beach State 49ers by a score of 88-56. Louisville held the Beach to just 29.5% from the floor, while building on a 15-point halftime lead, outscoring the 49ers 46-29, completing the rout. Jaylen Johnson was one of 4 Cardinals to log double digits in the scoring column, and did so in solid fashion by putting up 14 points on 7 of 11 shooting to go alone with 11 rebounds in just 18 minutes, for his 2nd double-double in 3 games this season. Deng Adel and Mangok Mathiang each posted 11 points in the win, with Adel nailing 5 of 9 from the field with a 3-pointer while Mathiang hit just 3 of 7 from the floor but made all 5 of his trips to the free throw line count. Raymond Spalding rounded out the foursome with 10 points on 4 of 6, including 2 of 4 at the foul line. As a team, Louisville is putting up 85.7 points per game on 46% shooting from the field, 31.7% from beyond the arc and just 61.4% from the foul line. Where the Cardinals shine is on the defensive end, where they are allowing just 53.7 points per game, good for 6th in the nation and just 29.6% from the field, the 3rd-best mark in D-I.
Old Dominion is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. the ACC and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games while the under is 13-3-1 in their last 17 games overall. Louisville is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games and 27-11 ATS in their last 38 neutral site games while the under is 12-2 in their last 14 games overall.
My initial reaction when seeing the line was to take Old Dominion and the points considering their success against the ACC and the number and the fact that not just any team makes a tournament like this one.. However, Louisville is flat out wrecking their opponents right now, and are showing no signs of letting up. I have said before anything can happen on a neutral site, but I’m leaning towards Louisville until I see a reason not to.