Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Louisville Cardinals Odds
A key college battle sees the visiting Western Kentucky Hilltoppers travelling to Louisville Saturday to take on the Cardinals.
The game is being played at Bridgestone Arena, which makes it technically a neutral site match.
Supporters of the Hilltoppers have watched them go 8-4 and 7-4 ATS on the year, while the Cardinals are at 10-1 and 6-5 ATS. In totals betting, the Cardinals are 4-4, while the Hilltoppers have a 1-6 mark.
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Cardinals as 21.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 4-rated Cardinals and the No. 43-ranked Hilltoppers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 89-71 result in favor of the Cardinals.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Louisville's No. 33-ranked offense, averaging 78.1 PPG, against a Hilltoppers defense that ranks No. 127 at 63.5 PPG. The Cardinals field goal percentage has averaged 45.1% so far, more than the Hilltoppers marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.2% per game.
Defensively, Western Kentucky features the nation's No. 140-rated defense on the road, allowing 68.6 points per game. Louisville, meanwhile, comes in at No. 45 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Western Kentucky was a 76-44 loser on the road against Virginia Commonwealth. They failed to cover the 17.5-point spread as underdogs. The Hilltoppers were hammered by Virginia Commonwealth on Tuesday, losing by a 76-44 final at Siegel Center in college basketball betting action.
Louisville was a 79-55 winner in its last match at home against Florida International. They failed to cover the 28-point spread as favorites. Louisville cruised to victory on Wednesday, running Florida International out of the gym and running up a 79-55 score at KFC Yum! Center.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Florida International are 7-3
After playing Virginia Commonwealth are 2-5
After a loss are 6-4
Louisville Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing Kentucky are 6-4
After playing Florida International are 1-0
After a win are 8-2
A few Hilltoppers at Cardinals trends to consider:
Louisville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Louisville is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Western Kentucky
Louisville is 14-5-1 ATS in its last 20 games
Western Kentucky home to Florida International, Thursday, December 27
Louisville home to Kentucky, Saturday, December 29