Big East tournament champion Louisville goes against Davidson in the West Regional 4-13 game Thursday afternoon.
The Cardinals, who finished seventh in the Big East before winning the conference tournament, are favored by seven points over the Wildcats, champions of the Southern Conference.
Louisville is just 1-6 ATS past 7 tournament games (lost to Morehead State as No. 4 seed in 2011) and has stumbled twice in recent years against low seeds.
Davidson is 6-1 ATS in its past 7 Madness games and we all remember Stephen Curry's epic performances from years past.
This game is being played at a neutral-site court (Rose Garden).
Supporters of the Wildcats have watched them go 25-7 and 17-13 ATS on the year, while the Cardinals are at 26-9 and 18-13-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Cardinals are 13-18-1, while the Wildcats have a 18-12 mark.
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Wildcats listed as 7.5-point underdogs
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 41-rated Davidson taking on the No. 7-rated Cardinals in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 80-77 win for the Wildcats on Thursday.
How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Louisville's No. 26-rated squad against Davidson's No. 19-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Louisville rates No. 198 in the country with 5.9 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 40 nationally with 7.8 per match.
Defensively, Davidson features the nation's No. 198-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.7 points per game. Louisville, meanwhile, comes in at No. 179 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Davidson was a 93-91 winner at home against Western Carolina. They failed to cover the 12.5-point spread as favorites. The Wildcats grabbed a 93-91 win over the Catamounts on Monday, behind a 19-point effort from De'Mon Brooks at U.S. Cellular Arena.
In their last action, Louisville was a 50-44 winner on the road against Cincinnati. They covered the 3.5-point spread as favorites. Chris Smith scored 15 points leading the Cardinals to a 50-44 victory over Cincinnati at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
Davidson Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
After playing Western Carolina are 9-1
After a win are 7-3
Louisville Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
After playing Cincinnati are 6-4
After a win are 7-3
A few Wildcats at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Louisville's last 8 games
Louisville is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games