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NCAAB Game Preview - Tigers underdogs vs Cardinals at Louisville

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Dec 17, 4:00 PM | KFC Yum! Center

Memphis Tigers vs Louisville Cardinals Odds


The Cardinals will try to cover the spread at KFC Yum! Center on Saturday when they get a visit from the Memphis Tigers in college basketball action.

Supporters of the Tigers have watched them go 5-3 and 3-4 ATS on the year, while the Cardinals are at 9-0 and 4-2 ATS. In totals betting, the Cardinals are 1-5, while the Tigers have a 5-1-1 mark.

View Memphis vs Louisville Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Cardinals installed as 8.5-point favorites in this particular matchup

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 77 (Cardinals) and the No. 78 (Tigers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 88-78 result in favor of the Cardinals has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Louisville's No. 120 nationally ranked offense (71.6 points per game) against a Tigers defense that sits as the No. 278 at 72.1 PPG. The Cardinals have been averaging 45.2% from the field, less than the Tigers have managed so far this season (48.7% on average).

Defensively, Memphis features the nation's No. 257-rated defense on the road, allowing 75.5 points per game. Louisville, meanwhile, comes in at No. 177 nationally in scoring at home.

Memphis lost its last outing, a 76-72 result against Murray State on December 11. They failed to cover in that game as a 10.5-point favorite. Will Barton scored 27 points for Memphis on Sunday, but the Racers managed a 76-72 victory over the Tigers at FedExForum.

Louisville won its last outing, an 80-58 result against Fairleigh Dickinson on December 10. The Cardinals blew out Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in an 80-58 win at KFC Yum! Center.

Memphis Tigers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing Lipscomb are 0-1
After playing Murray State are 1-0
After a loss are 8-2

Louisville Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing College of Charleston are 1-0
After playing Fairleigh Dickinson are 1-0
After a win are 9-1

A few Tigers at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Memphis's last 9 games on the road
Memphis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Louisville
Louisville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Louisville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Louisville is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Memphis
Louisville is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Memphis

Next up:
Memphis home to Lipscomb, Monday, December 19
Louisville home to College of Charleston, Tuesday, December 20