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Louisville vs. Northern Kentucky - 3/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Kentucky Norse (22-9) at Louisville Cardinals (20-13)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm (KFC Yum! Center)

The Line: Louisville Cardinals -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Northern Kentucky Norse and Louisville Cardinals meet Tuesday in the college basketball NIT Tournament at the KFC Yum! Center.

The Northern Kentucky Norse look for a big road victory after winning 11 of their last 14 games. The Northern Kentucky Norse are averaging 73.8 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 66 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Drew McDonald is averaging 16.9 points and 9.5 rebounds while Lavone Holland II is averaging 13.8 points and 4.5 assists. Carson Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Garnett is dishing two assists. The Northern Kentucky Norse are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Kentucky Norse are allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.5 rebounds per game. The Northern Kentucky Norse have won eight of their last nine road games.

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Louisville vs. Northern Kentucky - 3/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Louisville Cardinals enter this tournament losing five of their last seven games and having a disappointing season overall. The Louisville Cardinals are averaging 76.2 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 70.5 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Deng Adel is averaging 15.4 points and 5.4 rebounds while Quentin Snider is averaging 12.2 points and four assists. Ray Spalding is the third double-digit scorer and V.J. King is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Louisville Cardinals are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The Louisville Cardinals are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.8 rebounds per game. The Louisville Cardinals have lost four of their last five home games.

The Norse are 14-6-1 ATS in their last 21 road games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games and 14-3 ATS in their last 17 non-conference games. The Cardinals are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games. The over is 11-5-1 in Cardinals last 17 overall and the under is 4-1 in Norse last 5 Tuesday games.

The NIT for me is all about motivation, and you have to question just how eager the Louisville Cardinals are to play this game. The Northern Kentucky Norse are one of the more balanced teams in the country, who are consistent offensively and are top-30 in field goal percentage allowed. Northern Kentucky also beat Iona, which is a NCAA Tournament team, and went toe-to-toe with Memphis and Texas A&M on the road. The Northern Kentucky Norse are no pushovers and will be more excited to play here. I'm taking the points.

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