Kentucky vs. Louisville - 12/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Louisville Cardinals (10-2) at Kentucky Wildcats (9-2)
College Basketball: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Rupp Arena)
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Down at Rupp Arena on Friday, we’ve got a fun college basketball matchup looming between the Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats.
Louisville comes into this one with a 10-2 record so far. The Cardinals have won their last six straight games, including beating Memphis, Albany and Grand Canyon in their last three. In that Grand Canyon game, Louisville forward Ray Spalding bagged 21 points and 16 rebounds.
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This year, Deng Adel leads the Cards with 15.6 PPG and 3.4 RPG, and Quentin Snider is second on 12.3 PPG and 3.9 APG. The only other Louisville player in double-digits is Spalding, who has 10.8 PPG and 9.6 RPG.
On the Kentucky side, they’re currently 9-2 this year. After managing a seven-game win streak, the Wildcats lost their last outing to UCLA. In that game, Kentucky’s Hamidou Diallo led the team with 18 points.
Kevin Knox is the top Wildcats scorer with 15.7 PPG and 5.6 RPG, while Diallo has 15.5 PPG and 4.6 RPG. Also in double-figures for Kentucky is Quade Green (10.2 PPG), while PJ Washington (9.7 PPG) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (9.6 PPG) are close.
Louisville is 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games overall and 3-9 ATS int heir last 12 following a straight-up win. The Cardinals are also 1-5 ATS in the last six versus the SEC and 0-4 ATS in their last four road games.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in the last five home games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six versus the ACC. Kentucky is also 6-2-1 ATS in the last nine following an ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last four following a straight-up loss.
Louisville hasn’t necessarily been overpowering this year, and they’ve gone through some cold streaks. That said, the Cardinals are reasonably deep and fairly well-balanced. As for Kentucky, it’s a little hard to trust them after that UCLA dud. I’ll take Louisville to cover here.