NCAA Basketball Picks: Louisville Cardinals vs. College of Charleston Cougars
No. 5 Louisville Cardinals at College of Charleston Cougars
Tuesday, 12/4/12, 9:00 PM EST, TV: ESPNU
Opening Point Spread: Louisville -11
Current Betting Line: Louisville -9.5
Opening Total: 125.5
Current Total: 128.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Louisville is set to play its first true road game of the season, as it comes off a 69-66 win over Illinois State as 11-point home favorites. The Cardinals were led by their backcourt in that affair, with Peyton Siva and Russ Smith combining to score 44 points, as the duo averages 31.6 combines points per game on the season. The program ranks eighth nationally in turnover margin, which has led to 180 of their 514 points off turnovers. Louisville is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 road games with a total of 120 to 129.5, which can’t be ignored when making your NCAA basketball picks on Tuesday night.
The Cardinals have been very pleased with the effort that Smith has given in the early going, as he’s managed to score at least 16 points in all seven games this season. Louisville returned 61 percent of its scoring and 63 percent of its rebounding from the 2011-12 squad. The program has gone 36-22 on the road over the last six years, including six wins versus ranked opponents.
College of Charleston returns home after sweeping a three-game road trip, including a 56-54 win over Elon College as 3.5-point underdogs. The Cougars have lost both all-time meetings against the Cardinals, while they’ve won three of eight games versus opponents ranked in the top 10 nationally. The program has lost all eight of its games versus schools hailing from the Big East Conference, which is a huge angle to consider when looking at the college basketball odds page.
The Cougars return six of nine players that played against the Cardinals in a 69-62 loss as 18-point road underdogs last year, while both previous meetings have gone UNDER the total. College of Charleston really gets after it on the glass, as it has managed to out-rebound its last seven contests.
Sports bettors will likely back the Cardinals due to their 6-2 ATS mark on the road, while the Cougars are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games following a SU win.
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