Southern Methodist Mustangs host Louisville Cardinals in college basketball action

Louisville Cardinals Southern Methodist Mustangs
24-5 March 05, 2014, 07:00 | Moody Coliseum 23-6

The visiting Louisville Cardinals look for a sweep against the Southern Methodist Mustangs but the defending national champs are small underdogs at SMU Wednesday.

And the Mustangs are 13-3 ATS in their past 16 games overall, earning a tidy profit for their backers. At home, they enjoy an 8-1 ATS run at the payout window.

The Mustangs sport a record of 23-6 and 17-7-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Cardinals have 24-5 and 14-13 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 9-16 for the Mustangs and 13-13 for the Cardinals.

View Louisville Cardinals vs Southern Methodist Mustangs Odds and Stats.

The Mustangs were listed as 3-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 75-ranked Mustangs and the No. 3-rated Cardinals in this matchup.

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Louisville lost its last outing, a 72-66 result against Memphis on March 1. They failed to cover in that game as a 5-point favorite. The Cardinals got a 25-point effort from Montrezl Harrell, who added 12 rebounds, but Memphis still managed to defeat Louisville 72-66 Saturday at FedExForum.

In their last action, Southern Methodist was a 70-55 winner at home against Central Florida. They covered the 14.5-point spread as favorites. Southern Methodist got 18 points from Markus Kennedy en route to a 70-55 victory over Central Florida on Saturday at Moody Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Cardinals is ranked No. 37 in NCAA hoops at 37.72 per game. Contrast that with Southern Methodist’s No. 65 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Southern Methodist is the No. 241-ranked team in the country at 4.52 per game, while Louisville rates No. 28 at 7.86 per game.

Next up:
Louisville home to Connecticut, Saturday, March 8th
Southern Methodist at Memphis, Saturday, March 8th