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Louisville Cardinals vs Wichita St. Shockers Gambling Prediction & CBB Preview

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There was a lot of talk this season about how there wasn’t a dominant team in the college game. Louisville is making us second guess all of that rhetoric.

2013 Final 4 – Atlanta
Louisville Cardinals (33-5) vs Wichita State Shockers (30-8)
Saturday April 6
Georgia Dome – Atlanta, GA
Moneyline: Louisville -605, Wichita State +405 at Bovada
Spread: Louisville -10
O/U: 131

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They took a close game against Duke and turned it into a blowout in a way that maybe no other team really could. A spot in the Finals seems all but assured given they get to square off against Wichita State but this team is so focused I doubt they will take the Shockers lightly.

Guard Kevin Ware is getting a lot of attention because of his injury and attitude but the reality is this team is so deep his absence will hardly make a difference. Leading scorer Russ Smith is the most indispensable player on any Final Four squad and he showed it against by scoring 23 points despite not making a single three pointer against Duke.

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It was his lowest output since the tournament opener but he is still the leader in the MOP race.

Louisville has covered in three of four NCAA tourney contests winning by big margins against everyone but Oregon.

At -10 you would think this would invite underdog action but this team is looking so good it seems very reasonable. To bet against the Cardinals is to say this one will be close down the stretch. That doesn’t seem likely.

Wichita State

The Shockers might have travelled down an easier path due to La Salle’s success in this tournament but they still had to beat the top two seeds in the Western Region to make it to the Final Four. Last week’s win over Ohio State seemed even more improbable than their victory over #1 Gonzaga. [ad-6571516]

Their defense was suffocating against the Buckeyes, a feat that will be hard to match against the more agile and faster paced Cardinals on Saturday night.

Wichita State was hardly the offensive juggernaut against OSU but their balanced attack got the job done. 4 players cracked double digits even though they didn’t really shoot it well. Against Louisville they are going to need their guards to have fantastic days handling the rock.

They turned it over 12 times against Ohio State and if they go beyond that against Louisville’s pressure they will be in big trouble.

If you like Wichita State then wait as close to tip time as possible. This one could easily slide a couple of more points in that direction even though that is not a great play given the talent difference between these teams.

They have been outclassed a couple of times in this tournament and overcome but the style of Louisville will make that even harder this time around.

Spread Pick: Louisville -10
O/U Pick: Under
Score Prediction: Louisville 68 – Wichita State 57


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