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Louisville Cardinals home to Memphis Tigers in NCAA Basketball betting action

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10-3January 09, 2014, 07:00 | KFC Yum! Center13-2

College basketball wagering interest will be high on Thursday when the Tigers of Memphis hit the hard court against the Cardinals of Louisville.

Louisville battles the Tigers, currently sitting with a 10-3 mark (6-5 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 8-4 for the Cardinals and 3-7 for the Tigers.

View Memphis Tigers vs Louisville Cardinals Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Louisville in this one found them as -11.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

The Cardinals - Tigers odds would favor the Cardinals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Louisville is rated No. 1 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Memphis is at No. 55.

Memphis was a 69-53 loser in their most recent outing at home against Cincinnati. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as favorites. The Tigers got 13 points from Joe Jackson, but it was Cincinnati that prevailed in a 69-53 final on Saturday at FedExForum.

Louisville was an 83-76 winner in its last match on the road against Rutgers. They failed to cover the 15-point spread as favorites. Russ Smith scored 22 points leading the Cardinals to an 83-76 victory over Rutgers at Louis Brown Athletic Center on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Tigers is ranked No. 47 in NCAA hoops at 39.08 per game. Contrast that with Louisville’s No. 29 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Louisville is the No. 31-ranked team in the country at 8.07 per game, while Memphis rates No. 230 at 4.69 per game.

Next up:
Memphis at Temple, Saturday, January 11th
Louisville at Southern Methodist, Sunday, January 12th