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March Madness - UC Irvine Anteaters visit Louisville Cardinals in NCAA College Basketball Betting

UC Irvine Anteaters


Louisville Cardinals
Friday, March 20, 2015 4:10 PM ET

Louisville famously lost to a 13 seed several ago (Morehead State) and could be in danger here again against No. 13 UC Irvine.

The No. 4 Louisville Cardinals limped towards to the finish line with a 4-4 SU and 2-6 AT record over their last eight games. The Cardinals will look to catch fire in the NCAA Tournament starting on Friday against the No. 13 UC Irvine Anteaters at Key Arena. They were favored by 8 early in the week at MyBookie.

Louisville looked to be rounding into form at the end of January and into the start of February with a 5-1 SU and ATS run that included a win over North Carolina and a cover against Virginia. The Cardinals cooled off down the stretch, but did prove that they could fight against a contender with a 59-57 win over Virginia in March.

No. 13 UC Irvine went 14-4 SU and 12-5-1 ATS over its last 18 games, including a 3-0 SU and ATS run through the Big West Tournament to secure an NCAA Tournament bid. This will be the first NCAA Tournament game that UC Irvine has ever played in.

UC Irvine Anteaters vs Louisville Cardinals Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Louisville Cardinals bring a 24-8 record (12-18-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 20-12 Anteaters, who are 15-11-3 ATS. Those OVER/UNDER betting have witnessed Louisville go 12-16 so far and the UC Irvine Anteaters go 9-14-1.

The Louisville Cardinals sit at No. 111 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the UC Irvine Anteaters sit at No. 117 on the same chart.

How UC Irvine Anteaters vs Louisville Cardinals Stats Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and UC Irvine is ranked No. 88 in NCAA basketball at 35.42 per game. Contrast that with Louisville's No. 13 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Louisville is the No. 181-ranked team in the country at 5.66 per game, while UC Irvine rates No. 128 at 6.42 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Anteaters grabbed a 67-58 win over the Warriors on Saturday, behind a 17-point effort from Luke Nelson at Honda Center.

Louisville got 20 points from Terry Rozier but lost anyway, 70-60, to North Carolina on Thursday at Greensboro Coliseum.

Louisville vs Cal Irvine betting trends:

Louisville 2-6 ATS to end the season

UCI 7-2 SU final nine games of season

Louisville 1-5 ATS past six games as favorite

Louisville 9-4-1 ATS in tournament since 2012

Louisville 1-3 ATS vs 13 seeds since 2005