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College Basketball Matchup - Kentucky Wildcats Louisville Cardinals Odds Preview

Louisville CardinalsKentucky Wildcats
Dec 31, 12:00 PM | Rupp Arena

Louisville Cardinals vs Kentucky Wildcats Odds


Kentucky looks to cover the Wildcats-Cardinals pointspread on Saturday and improve its overall 12-1 mark when they host Louisville in college basketball action.

The Wildcats currently sports a 12-1 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 4-8 ATS. The Cardinals are 12-1 and 4-5-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Wildcats produce a 5-6 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Cardinals have gone 3-6-1 against the number.

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Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers opened the Wildcats as 10.5-point favorites in this matchupl.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Wildcats sit at No. 4 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Cardinals sit at No. 43 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Wildcats will win this game 92-83.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Kentucky's No. 11-ranked scoring average of 82.5 PPG, against a Cardinals defense rated No. 23 and allowing 58 PPG. The Wildcats FG% has averaged 49.8% to date this season, more than the Cardinals shooters have managed so far (43.9% per game).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Louisville owns the country's No. 4-rated mark, allowing 53 points per game on the highway. Kentucky, on the other hand, rates No. 40 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Louisville was a 71-68 loser at home against Georgetown. They failed to cover the 6.5–point spread as favorites. Louisville suffered a 71-68 loss against Georgetown on Wednesday, getting 17 points from Kyle Kuric in a losing effort at KFC Yum! Center.

Kentucky won its last outing, an 86-64 result against Lamar on December 28. They failed to cover in that game as a 22.5-point favorite. The battle between the Wildcats and Cardinals didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Lamar was handed an 86-64 defeat on Wednesday at Rupp Arena.

Louisville Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing St. John's are 5-4
After playing Georgetown are 6-2
After a loss are 8-2

Kentucky Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-3
After playing Lamar are 0-1
After a win are 9-1

A few Cardinals at Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Louisville's last 5 games when playing on the road against Kentucky
Louisville is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Kentucky
Louisville is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Kentucky
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Kentucky is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Kentucky's last 10 games when playing Louisville
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kentucky's last 5 games when playing at home against Louisville

Next up:
Louisville at St. John's, Tuesday, January 3
Kentucky home to Arkansas-Little Rock, Tuesday, January 3