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Louisville vs New Mexico: West odds

Louisville of the Big East meets New Mexico of the Mountain West in NCAA tournament third round action Saturday afternoon in Portland.

The Cardinals, the four seed in the West, dispatched of 13th seeded Davidson to open the NCAA tournament Thursday 69-62, while the fifth-seeded Lobos got to Saturday's game by beating 12th-seeded Long Beach State Thursday 75-68.

After Friday's run of upsets, you can bet Louisville is nervous.

The Lobos will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 24-7 ATS against the number this season, while the Cardinals are 19-13-1 ATS. New Mexico is 17-13-1 on the totals; Louisville is 13-19-1.

View New Mexico vs Louisville Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Cardinals as 1-point favorites on the opening line for this contest but it was moving slightly at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 7 (Cardinals) and the No. 11 (Lobos) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 80-73 result in favor of the Lobos has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Lobos rank No. 32 in NCAA Division 1 with 37.8 per game. That compares with Louisville’s No. 24 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Louisville is college basketball's No. 212-ranked team at 5.8 per game, while the Lobos rate No. 55 with 7.6 per game.

Defensively, New Mexico features the nation's No. 42-rated defense on the road, allowing 63.9 points per game. Louisville, meanwhile, comes in at No. 180 nationally in scoring at home.

New Mexico was a 75-68 winner in their most recent outing at home against Long Beach State. They covered the 4.5-point spread as favorites. The Lobos got 18 points from Drew Gordon as New Mexico ran past Long Beach State 75-68 on Thursday at Rose Garden.

Louisville was a 69-62 winner in its last match at home against Davidson. They covered the 5.5-point spread as favorites. The Cardinals got 17 points from Peyton Siva as Louisville ran past Davidson 69-62 on Thursday at Rose Garden.

 

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