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NCAA hoops odds preview - Louisville vs. Houston

Louisville CardinalsHouston Cougars
18-4February 05, 2014, 09:00 | Hofheinz Pavilion11-11

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Houston vs Louisville battle Wednesday at Hofheinz Pavilion as the Cougars look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Cougars sit at 11-11 (8-9 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Cardinals are currently 18-4 (10-10 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Houston is 5-12 OU, and Louisville is 11-8 OU.

View Louisville Cardinals vs Houston Cougars Odds and Stats.

The Cougars were listed as 13-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Cougars - Cardinals odds would favor the Cardinals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Houston is rated No. 303 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Louisville is at No. 4.

In their last action, Louisville was an 87-70 winner at home against Central Florida. They failed to cover the 19.5-point spread as favorites. Louisville got 27 points from Russ Smith en route to an 87-70 victory over Central Florida on Saturday at KFC Yum! Center.

In their last action, Houston was a 93-70 loser on the road against Rutgers. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs. Houston was crushed on Saturday, getting blown out by Rutgers and falling by a 93-70 score at Louis Brown Athletic Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Cardinals rank No. 39 in NCAA Division 1 with 38.23 per game. That compares with Houston’s No. 120 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Houston is college basketball's No. 175-ranked team at 5.59 per game, while the Cardinals rate No. 21 with 8.18 per game.

A few Cardinals at Cougars trends to consider:
Louisville is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games
Louisville is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Louisville is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Louisville's last 9 games on the road
Houston is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Houston is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Houston is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games at home
Houston is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Louisville

Next up:
Louisville at Temple, Thursday, February 13th
Houston at Temple, Sunday, February 9th