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Cardinals open as college hoops underdog vs Mountaineers

Louisville CardinalsWest Virginia Mountaineers
Feb 11, 12:00 PM | WVU Colliseum

Louisville Cardinals vs West Virginia Mountaineers Odds

19-5TEAM RECORD16-9

The West Virginia Mountaineers will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Louisville Cardinals at WVU Colliseum on Saturday in NCAAB play.

Supporters of the Cardinals have watched them go 19-5 and 12-8-1 ATS on the year, while the Mountaineers are at 16-9 and 12-10 ATS. In totals betting, the Mountaineers are 14-8, while the Cardinals have a 10-10-1 mark.

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Betting Line:
West Virginia opened as 3.5-point favorites in this College Basketball tilt.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 16 (Mountaineers) and the No. 19 (Cardinals) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 78-75 result in favor of the Cardinals has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Cardinals rank No. 15 in NCAA Division 1 with 39.4 per game. That compares with West Virginia’s No. 37 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where West Virginia is college basketball's No. 203-ranked team at 5.8 per game, while the Cardinals rate No. 185 with 6 per game.

Defensively, Louisville features the nation's No. 76-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.3 points per game. West Virginia, meanwhile, comes in at No. 85 nationally in scoring at home.

Louisville was an 80-59 winner in their most recent outing at home against Connecticut. They covered the 3.5-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Cardinals and Huskies didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Connecticut was handed an 80-59 defeat on Monday at KFC Yum! Center.

Last time out for West Virginia, they were a 55-51 loser as they battled Notre Dame at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 7-point favorite. Jabarie Hinds scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Mountaineers to a win (they lost 55-51 to Notre Dame at WVU Colliseum on Wednesday).

Louisville Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Syracuse are 7-3
After playing Connecticut are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

West Virginia Mountaineers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After playing Notre Dame are 7-3
After a loss are 8-2

A few Cardinals at Mountaineers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of West Virginia's last 8 games at home
West Virginia is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of West Virginia's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of West Virginia's last 6 games when playing Louisville

Next up:
Louisville home to Syracuse, Monday, February 13
West Virginia at Pittsburgh, Thursday, February 16

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