Louisville Cardinals face Villanova Wildcats: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

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Jan 22, 8:00 PM | Villanova Pavilion

Louisville Cardinals vs Villanova Wildcats Odds

16-2TEAM RECORD11-7

Villanova will look to improve on its 11-7 record on Tuesday when they host Louisville in NCAA basketball odds action at Villanova Pavilion.

The Wildcats bring a 11-7 record (10-5 ATS) to this tilt against the 16-2 Cardinals, who are 10-7-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Villanova go 5-9 so far and the Cardinals go 8-7.

View Louisville vs Villanova Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 10.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 71-rated Wildcats and the No. 5-ranked Cardinals, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 87-70 result in favor of the Cardinals.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Villanova's No. 141-ranked scoring average of 69.2 PPG, against a Cardinals defense rated No. 15 and allowing 57.2 PPG. The Wildcats FG% has averaged 40.6% to date this season, less than the Cardinals shooters have managed so far (45.4% per game).

Defensively, Louisville features the nation's No. 18-rated defense on the road, allowing 59.3 points per game. Villanova, meanwhile, comes in at No. 212 nationally in scoring at home.

Louisville lost its last outing, a 70-68 result against Syracuse on January 19. They failed to cover in that game as a 6.5-point favorite. Louisville got 25 points from Russ Smith on the way to a 70-68 loss against Syracuse on Saturday at KFC Yum! Center.

Villanova was a 69-66 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Providence. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Villanova got 20 points from JayVaughn Pinkston but lost anyway, 69-66, to Providence on Saturday at Dunkin Donuts Center.

Louisville Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 9-1
Before playing Georgetown are 6-3
After playing Syracuse are 8-2
After a loss are 7-3

Villanova Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 10-0
Before playing Syracuse are 8-2
After playing Providence are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

A few Cardinals at Wildcats trends to consider:
Louisville is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Louisville's last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Villanova's last 5 games
Villanova is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Villanova is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
Villanova is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Louisville

Next up:
Louisville at Georgetown, Saturday, January 26
Villanova home to Syracuse, Saturday, January 26