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College basketball point spread favors Cardinals in battle with Huskies

Connecticut HuskiesLouisville Cardinals
24-6March 08, 2014, 02:00 | KFC Yum! Center25-5

The Louisville Cardinals will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Connecticut Huskies at KFC Yum! Center in NCAA basketball action.

Supporters of the Huskies have watched them go 24-6 and 14-12-2 ATS on the year, while the Cardinals are at 25-5 and 15-13 ATS. In totals betting, the Cardinals are 14-13, while the Huskies have a 10-18 mark.

View Connecticut Huskies vs Louisville Cardinals Odds and Stats.

Louisville opened as -10-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes 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. 3 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Huskies, who rate No. 11 in the latest survey.

Connecticut was a 69-63 winner in their most recent outing at home against Rutgers. They failed to cover the 15.5-point spread as favorites. Connecticut got 26 points from Shabazz Napier en route to a 69-63 victory over Rutgers on Wednesday at Gampel Pavilion.

Louisville was an 84-71 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Southern Methodist. They covered the 3.5-point spread as favorites. The Cardinals got a terrific 26-point effort from Russ Smith as Louisville defeated Southern Methodist 84-71 on Wednesday at Moody Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Huskies is ranked No. 113 in NCAA hoops at 35.5 per game. Contrast that with Louisville’s No. 45 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Louisville is the No. 23-ranked team in the country at 8.03 per game, while Connecticut rates No. 61 at 7.27 per game.

A few Huskies at Cardinals trends to consider:
Connecticut is 8-3-1 ATS in its last 12 games
Connecticut is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Connecticut is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Connecticut's last 5 games
Louisville is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
Louisville is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Louisville's last 6 games at home
Louisville is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Connecticut