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Louisville Cardinals home to Kentucky Wildcats in NCAA Basketball betting action

Kentucky WildcatsLouisville Cardinals
Dec 29, 4:00 PM | KFC Yum! Center

Kentucky Wildcats vs Louisville Cardinals Odds

8-3TEAM RECORD11-1

Kentucky pays a visit to Louisville on Saturday, hoping to send the Cardinals to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at KFC Yum! Center.

Louisville will face the 8-3 Wildcats, who own a 3-5 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Cardinals are 5-4 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Wildcats are 3-4 favoring the OVER.

View Kentucky vs Louisville Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 7-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 3 (Cardinals) and the No. 43 (Wildcats) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 91-86 result in favor of the Cardinals has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Louisville has the nation's No. 30-rated offensive output, at 78.1 PPG. The visiting Wildcats defense ranks No. 79 allowing on average 61.1 PPG. The Cardinals FG% has averaged 45.5% so far, less than the Wildcats marksmen have achieved on the year, 49% per game.

Defensively, Kentucky features the nation's No. 151-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.5 points per game. Louisville, meanwhile, comes in at No. 43 nationally in scoring at home.

Kentucky was an 82-54 winner in its last match at home against Marshall. They covered the 20-point spread as favorites. The Wildcats blew out Marshall on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in an 82-54 win at Rupp Arena.

Louisville was a 78-55 winner in its last match at home against Western Kentucky. They covered the 22.5-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Cardinals and Hilltoppers didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Western Kentucky was handed a 78-55 defeat on Saturday at Bridgestone Arena.

Kentucky Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
After playing Marshall are 3-0
After a win are 8-2

Louisville Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Providence are 6-3
After playing Western Kentucky are 4-3
After a win are 9-1

A few Wildcats at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Kentucky's last 16 games on the road
Kentucky is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kentucky's last 5 games when playing on the road against Louisville
Kentucky is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Louisville
Louisville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Louisville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Louisville's last 12 games when playing Kentucky
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Louisville's last 5 games when playing at home against Kentucky

Next up:
Kentucky home to Eastern Michigan, Wednesday, January 2
Louisville home to Providence, Wednesday, January 2

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