Overall top seed Louisville will continue its NCAA Tournament run on Saturday as it looks to pay off on the college basketball betting lines once again when it plays No. 8 Colorado State.
Louisville got past No. 16 North Carolina A&T by a score of 79-48 in the Round of 64 on Thursday to cover the big 26.5-point spread on the March Madness odds at the sportsbooks. Colorado State is coming off an 84-72 win over No. 9 Missouri as a 3-point underdog.
The Cardinals sit at 30-5 (21-13-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Rams are currently 26-8 (14-14-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Louisville is 16-16 OU, and Colorado State is 13-12-1 OU.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Cardinals sit at No. 1 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Rams sit at No. 12 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Cardinals will win this game 83-77.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Louisville's No. 39 nationally ranked offense (73.7 points per game) against a Rams defense that sits as the No. 88 at 63.1 PPG. The Cardinals have been averaging 44.9% from the field, almost the same as the Rams have managed so far this season (44.9% on average).
Defensively, Colorado State features the nation's No. 96-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.3 points per game. Louisville, meanwhile, comes in at No. 66 nationally in scoring at home.
Colorado State won its last outing, an 84-72 result against Missouri on March 21. They covered in that game as a 2.5-point underdog. Dorian Green went off for 26 points and added 2 rebounds, leading Colorado State over Missouri, 84-72, on Thursday at Rupp Arena.
Louisville won its last outing, a 79-48 result against North Carolina A&T on March 21. They covered in that game as a 26.5-point favorite. The battle between the Cardinals and Aggies didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as North Carolina A&T was handed a 79-48 defeat on Thursday at Rupp Arena.
A few Rams at Cardinals trends to consider:
Louisville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Louisville's last 5 games