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Central Florida Knights home to Louisville Cardinals in NCAA Basketball betting action

Louisville CardinalsCentral Florida Knights
11-2December 31, 2013, 05:00 | CFE Arena8-3

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Central Florida vs Louisville battle Tuesday at CFE Arena as the Knights look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

Supporters of the Cardinals have watched them go 11-2 and 6-5 ATS on the year, while the Knights are at 8-3 and 2-3 ATS. In totals betting, the Knights are 2-3, while the Cardinals have a 6-4 mark.

View Louisville Cardinals vs Central Florida Knights Odds and Stats.

The Knights were listed as 13-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Knights rated this week at No. 133 and the Cardinals sitting at No. 1.

In their last action, Louisville was a 73-66 loser on the road against Kentucky. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites. The Cardinals got 19 points from Russ Smith, but it was Kentucky that prevailed in a 73-66 final on Saturday at Rupp Arena.

Central Florida was a 90-62 winner in their most recent outing at home against Valparaiso. They covered the 3-point spread as favorites. The Knights blew out Valparaiso on Sunday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 90-62 win at CFE Arena.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Cardinals rank No. 25 in NCAA Division 1 with 40.69 per game. That compares with Central Florida’s No. 17 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Central Florida is college basketball's No. 17-ranked team at 8.64 per game, while the Cardinals rate No. 34 with 8.08 per game.

A few Cardinals at Knights trends to consider:
Louisville is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Louisville's last 5 games
Louisville is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Louisville is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Central Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Central Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Louisville at Rutgers, Saturday, January 4th
Central Florida at Temple, Saturday, January 4th