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Louisville favored by -14 against Southern Methodist on Sunday

Southern Methodist MustangsLouisville Cardinals
11-3January 12, 2014, 01:00 | KFC Yum! Center13-3

The visiting Southern Methodist Mustangs hope to send their backers to the pay window on Sunday as they look to cover the spread at KFC Yum! Center against the Louisville Cardinals.

The Cardinals sport a record of 13-3 and 7-7 ATS heading into this battle, while the Mustangs have 11-3 and 5-4-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 8-5 for the Cardinals and 4-6 for the Mustangs.

View Southern Methodist Mustangs vs Louisville Cardinals Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Louisville sat as -14-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Cardinals sit at No. 1 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Mustangs sit at No. 82 on the same chart.

Last time out for Southern Methodist, they were a 74-65 winner as they battled Connecticut at home. They covered in the match as a 2-point favorite. Southern Methodist got 20 points from Nic Moore en route to a 74-65 victory over Connecticut on Saturday at Moody Coliseum.

Last time out for Louisville, they were a 73-67 loser as they battled Memphis at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 10.5-point favorite. The Cardinals got 20 points from Luke Hancock, but it was Memphis that prevailed in a 73-67 final on Thursday at KFC Yum! Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Louisville's No. 13-ranked scoring average of 83.75 PPG, against a Mustangs defense rated No. 21 and allowing 61.64 PPG. The Cardinals FG% has averaged 46.81% to date this season, less than the Mustangs shooters have managed so far (50.2% per game).

Next up:
Southern Methodist home to South Florida, Wednesday, January 15th
Louisville at Houston, Thursday, January 16th