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March Madness - Louisville Cardinals vs Manhattan Jaspers Preview

Manhattan JaspersLouisville Cardinals
25-7March 20, 2014, 09:50 | Amway Center29-5

At 8-2-1 ATS in their past 11 games at the NCAA Tournament the No. 4 (and defending champion) Louisville Cardinals will take on No. 13 Manhattan on Thursday in Midwest Region action.

But while oddsmakers have faith in them, bettors know that the MAAC champion Jaspers have been nasty underdogs of late, reeling off a 15-2 ATS run when getting points. So while sportsbooks like Bovada made the Cardinals one of their tournament favorites, they need to beware the Jaspers, who ended the year on an 11-1 SU run.

Louisville won and covered five straight to end the season and is hot at the right time (16-2 SU past 18 games). They are also 11-1 SU, 9-3 ATS past 12 games as favorites and 8-2-1 ATS iin their past 11 tournament games. The point spread has climbed to 16.5 points as of Wednesday over at Bovada.

Manhattan is 11-1 SU in its past 12 games and they boast that profitable dog angle (15-2 ATS past 17 games as underdogs).

Odds Shark computer pick - 86.7-74.0 Cardinals

The Cardinals bring a 29-5 record (19-13 ATS) to this tilt against the 25-7 Jaspers, who are 16-14-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Louisville go 15-16 so far and the Jaspers go 16-13.

View Manhattan Jaspers vs Louisville Cardinals Odds and Stats.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Cardinals at No. 1 and the Jaspers at No. 29 heading into this contest.

Manhattan won its last outing, a 71-68 result against Iona on March 10. They covered in that game as a 2-point favorite. Manhattan earned a 71-68 victory over Iona on Monday, getting 16 points from George Beamon at MassMutual Center.

Louisville won its last outing, a 71-61 result against Connecticut on March 15. They covered in that game as an 8-point favorite. Montrezl Harrell scored 22 points and added 11 rebounds for a double-double, leading Louisville over Connecticut, 71-61, on Saturday at FedExForum.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Louisville's No. 6-ranked offense, averaging 82.12 PPG, against a Jaspers defense that ranks No. 135 at 70 PPG. The Cardinals field goal percentage has averaged 47.37% so far, more than the Jaspers marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.07% per game.

A few Jaspers at Cardinals trends to consider:
Manhattan is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
Manhattan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Manhattan's last 7 games
Louisville is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Louisville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Louisville's last 6 games