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Cardinals open slate against the Gophers

The Louisville Cardinals and the Minnesota Golden Gophers will tip off the 2014 college basketball betting slate on Friday night when they meet at the United States Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

Louisville and Minnesota have faced each other just once in the past decade, with the Golden Gophers winning 70-64 as a 9-point road underdog in an OVER result for bettors back in December 2008. The Cardinals open the season at No. 8 in the AP Top 25, while Minnesota begins the season unranked.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Louisville Cardinals Opening Odds and Betting Line

The Minnesota Golden Gophers opened as 8.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total was set to open a bit later (check out [custom:bodog] for the latest situation).

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Louisville Cardinals Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Minnesota Golden Gophers will look to cover the spread vs the Louisville Cardinals on Friday, as the Golden Gophers are 17-16-2 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Cardinals are 20-15 ATS. Minnesota is 14-20 against the total, while Louisville is 16-18 versus the total betting line.

The Cardinals - Golden Gophers odds would favor the Cardinals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Louisville is rated No. 1 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Minnesota is at No. 248.

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How Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Louisville Cardinals Stats Matchup

The game also pits Louisville's No. 10-ranked offense, averaging 81.03 PPG, against a Golden Gophers defense that ranks No. 89 at 67.74 PPG. The Cardinals field goal percentage has averaged 47.09% so far, more than the Golden Gophers marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.72% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Southern Methodist suffered a 65-63 loss against Minnesota on Thursday, getting 17 points from Nic Moore in a losing effort at Madison Square Garden.

Louisville suffered a 74-69 loss against Kentucky on Friday, getting 23 points from Russ Smith in a losing effort at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Louisville Cardinals Betting Odds Trends

Minnesota is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games at home
Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Louisville is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Louisville is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Louisville's last 7 games on the road
Louisville is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games

Next Betting Matchups

Minnesota home to Western Kentucky, Tuesday, November 18th
Louisville at Jacksonville State, Monday, November 17th

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