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NCAA hoops odds preview - Houston vs. Louisville

Houston CougarsLouisville Cardinals
10-6January 16, 2014, 07:00 | KFC Yum! Center14-3

A key college battle sees the visiting Houston Cougars travelling to Louisville Thursday to take on the Cardinals.

Louisville will face the 10-6 Cougars, who own a 7-4 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Cardinals are 8-6 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Cougars are 2-9 favoring the OVER.

View Houston Cougars vs Louisville Cardinals Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Houston before tip-off in this one found them as 19-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The Cardinals sit at No. 1 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Cougars sit at No. 215 on the same chart.

In their last action, Houston was a 61-60 loser at home against Cincinnati. They covered the 6.5-point spread as underdogs. Houston suffered a 61-60 loss against Cincinnati on Tuesday, getting 17 points from Brandon Morris in a losing effort at Hofheinz Pavilion.

Louisville was a 71-63 winner in its last match at home against Southern Methodist. They failed to cover the 13.5-point spread as favorites. The Cardinals grabbed a 71-63 win over the Mustangs on Sunday, behind a 23-point effort from Russ Smith at KFC Yum! Center.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Louisville's No. 39-rated squad against Houston's No. 128-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Louisville rates No. 29 in the country with 8.06 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 163 nationally with 5.75 per match.

A few Cougars at Cardinals trends to consider:
Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Houston is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Houston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Louisville
Louisville is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Louisville is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Louisville's last 9 games
Louisville is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Houston home to Rutgers, Sunday, January 19th
Louisville at Connecticut, Saturday, January 18th