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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Bearcats underdogs vs Cardinals at Louisville

Cincinnati BearcatsLouisville Cardinals
March 4, 7:00 PM | KFC Yum! Center

Cincinnati Bearcats vs Louisville Cardinals Odds

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The Louisville Cardinals will be trying to slam the Cincinnati Bearcats on Monday when the teams tip off at KFC Yum! Center in college betting action.

The Cardinals are 24-5 so far on the season, and 15-13-1 ATS vs. the number. The Bearcats, meanwhile, are 20-9 and 10-15 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Louisville go 11-15 and the Bearcats go 6-18 on the totals.

View Cincinnati vs Louisville Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Bearcats were listed as 11.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Cardinals, most recently No. 1 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Bearcats, who rate No. 9 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 80-74 victory for the Cardinals.

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How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Louisville's No. 35-rated squad against Cincinnati's No. 6-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Louisville rates No. 221 in the country with 5.7 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 100 nationally with 6.9 per match.

Defensively, Cincinnati features the nation's No. 34-rated defense on the road, allowing 62.4 points per game. Louisville, meanwhile, comes in at No. 65 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Cincinnati was a 61-56 winner at home against Connecticut. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites. Cincinnati earned a 61-56 victory over Connecticut on Saturday, getting 20 points from Sean Kilpatrick at Fifth Third Arena.

Louisville was a 58-53 winner in its last match on the road against Syracuse. They covered the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. The Cardinals got 18 points from Russ Smith as Louisville ran past Syracuse 58-53 on Saturday at Carrier Dome.

Cincinnati Bearcats Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing South Florida are 6-4
After playing Connecticut are 3-6
After a win are 5-5

Louisville Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Monday are 9-1
Before playing Notre Dame are 10-0
After playing Syracuse are 7-3
After a win are 8-2

A few Bearcats at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cincinnati's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games when playing on the road against Louisville
Cincinnati is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Cincinnati is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Louisville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Louisville's last 5 games when playing Cincinnati
Louisville is 18-1 SU in its last 19 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Louisville's last 5 games when playing at home against Cincinnati

Next up:
Cincinnati home to South Florida, Saturday, March 9
Louisville home to Notre Dame, Saturday, March 9