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American Athletic Conference Tournament - Louisville Cardinals vs Houston Cougars Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Houston CougarsLouisville Cardinals
17-15March 14, 2014, 07:00 | FedExForum27-5

The Louisville Cardinals will be trying to slam the Houston Cougars on Friday when the teams tip off at FedExForum in American Athletic Conference Tournament betting action.

Louisville is 10-1 SU against the Cougars over the years and they opened as whopping 18.5-point favorites to advance, according to TopBet.

But the Cougars can score and, despite their 213 power ranking here, they just won outright yesterday as a double-digit underdog against the SMU Mustangs, so they are a threat here.

The Cougars will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 15-12 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Cardinals are 17-13 ATS. Houston is 11-16 against the total, while Louisville is 14-15 versus the number.

View Houston Cougars vs Louisville Cardinals Odds and Stats.

Louisville opened as -17.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at TopBet but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

This game puts the Cardinals, most recently No. 1 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Cougars, who rate No. 213 in the latest survey.

Houston won its last outing, a 68-64 result against Southern Methodist on March 13. They covered in that game as a 10-point underdog. Houston got 19 points from Jherrod Stiggers en route to a 68-64 victory over Southern Methodist on Thursday at FedExForum.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Louisville's No. 6 nationally ranked offense (82.09 points per game) against a Cougars defense that sits as the No. 188 at 72.34 PPG. The Cardinals have been averaging 47.48% from the field, more than the Cougars have managed so far this season (45.75% on average).