Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Wildcats vs Cardinals CBB Odds
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10-1 Kentucky Wildcats vs. Louisville Cardinals 10-1
2016 NCAA Basketball – SEC vs ACC
Date: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: KFC Yum Center, Louisville, Kentucky
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Cardinals -1
CBB Betting Total: 156.5
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A pair of top 10 teams will square off on Wednesday, December 21st as the 10-1 Louisville Cardinals host the 10-1 Kentucky Wildcats.
Kentucky is coming off of a close, hard-earned 103-100 win against AP ranked #7 North Carolina. Louisville is on a 5 game win streak and coming off of a big 87-56 rousing of Eastern Kentucky.
Kentucky is the number 3 scoring team in the country with an average of 95.2 points per game. Their scoring efforts are led by freshman guard Malik Monk, a top 20 scorer in the nation, who averages 21.9 points a game.
He has sunk 38 3-point shots this season, almost as many as the rest of the team combined. Monk’s offensive talent is hard to contain. Behind him and tied with 15.9 per game are freshman guard De’Aaron Fox and sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe.
Kentucky’s trio of high scoring underclassmen have proved to be a force to be reckoned with and this young team will only grow more dangerous as the season progresses.
They’ve been solid on the defensive side of the ball as well, allowing an average of just 71.6 points per game. This Kentucky team is young, strong, and well-rounded.
In their last game against #7 North Carolina, Kentucky was firing on all cylinders. Blooming star Malik Monk set a Kentucky freshman record with a staggering 47 points in the win, the most by anybody in a game this season.
He also hit the go-ahead 3 with just over 16 seconds left to give his squad the win, sealing an absolutely electric performance in the sweetest way possible.
De’Aaron Fox added 24 points of his own in a very good offensive performance, but the superstar game of Monk topped his efforts. Kentucky overall looked good. Really good.
The Cardinals have been playing good defense this year, not allowing more than 71 points in a game so far. Their only loss on the season came from Baylor, who they still held to just 66 points.
Louisville ranks in the top third of the league scoring wise, averaging 78.5 points per game. No individual player has posted eye-popping scoring numbers.
Their leading scorer is sophomore guard Donovan Mitchell, who’s averaging just 11.7 per game. Directly behind him is junior guard Quentin Snider, who’s averaged 11 per game.
Mitchell leads the team in steals per game, is third in rebounds, but he also leads the team in turnovers. He’s averaging around 2 giveaways per game of the team’s 11 average.
The success of the Cardinals has been a true team effort fueled by lockdown defense as nobody has posted great individual offensive numbers.
In their last game, Louisville beat Eastern Kentucky in dominant fashion, beating them 87-56.
They started off sluggish, meeting an early 12-6 deficit but they picked it up to outgun Eastern Kentucky 30-4 in the rest of the half. Their usual pair of Donovan Mitchell and Quentin Snider led scoring in the game, with the duo combining for 28.
Mangok Mathiang had a monster rebound day, matching a career best 13. Louisville’s 7-footer Anas Mahmoud returned after a 3 game absence and hit 3 of 5 shots while accumulating 5 blocks, 4 rebounds, and a pair of steals.
Overall it was a strong team performance and a nice win.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Kentucky is 4-0 ATS in their previous 4 on the road.
- Kentucky is 5-1 ATS in their previous 6 against the ACC.
- Louisville is 0-5 ATS in their previous 5 against the SEC.
- 0-7 ATS in their previous 7 against Kentucky at home.
Free Kentucky Wildcats vs. Louisville Cardinals NCAAB Prediction:
This matchup is going to be one heck of a game. Louisville is an extremely good defensive team that wins games by playing tough team basketball and not letting their opponents score as opposed to putting up huge points.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Kentucky -1
Kentucky is led by a trio of high-powered underclassmen including a budding offensive star in freshman Malik Monk and they score high in every single game.
Their defense is solid, their offense is elite, and Kentucky’s firepower should be able to overcome Louisville’s tough defensive style. This will be a hard-fought Kentucky win.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Kentucky 83 – Louisville 71
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