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Louisville vs. Kentucky Betting Odds, Pick & Point Spread: March 31st 2012

Louisville vs. Kentucky
Point Spread: Kentucky -8.5 Over/Under 136
Betting Odds: Kentucky -500 / Louisville +400 (March 31st 2012)
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Louisville Cardinals (30-9 SU, 22-13-1 ATS, 15-21 O/U)
College basketball gamblers should know that Louisville is absolutely on fire right now, having won a season-high eight straight games, including their 50-44 win over Cincinnati in the SEC title game on March 10. Not only that, but the Cardinals have shown some serious resiliency in several recent games, including their narrow 72-68 win over a game Florida ballclub in their Elite Eight matchup this past Saturday. The Cardinals average just 68.8 points per game this season, but also ranked a fantastic 31st in points allowed defensively, by limiting their opponents to just 60.8 points per game defensively. Even more impressive is the fact that the Cardinals led the nation in field goal defense in suffocating their opponents into 38.0 percent shooting from the field. Louisville has been getting some fantastic performances throughout the NCAA Tournament from sophomore point guard Russ Smith and freshman forward Chane Behanan and have a well-balanced offensive attack.

Kentucky Wildcats (36-2 SU, 15-21-1 ATS, 16-19-2 O/U)
Kentucky has won four straight to reach the Final Four after having its 24-game winning streak snapped in a 71-64 loss to Vanderbilt in the SEC tournament on March 11. Since entering the tournament however, the Wildcats have looked lie a runaway train in winning each of their four NCAA Tournament games by at least a dozen points, including their 82-70 win over Baylor in the Elite Eight. Freshman forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has averaged a whopping 21.5 points per game over the last two in leading the Wildcats to victory. The Wildcats finished 57th in the nation in scoring, (72.7 ppg) while also ranking a stellar eighth in field goal percentage (48.8). Defensively, Kentucky is a force that finished first in field goal percentage (37.5) and 25th in points allowed (60.6). The Wildcats have a whopping six players that average double digits in scoring and three likely first round NBA draft picks in consensus No.1 overall pick, center Anthony Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist and freshman point guard Marquis Teague. Last but not least, the Wildcats have compiled a perfect 9-0 record in neutral site games this season.

ATS  Betting Trends:
Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite of 7.0-12.5.
Wildcats are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win.
Wildcats are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 NCAA Tournament games.
Wildcats are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite.
Wildcats are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 Saturday games.
Cardinals are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games.
Cardinals are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Cardinals are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
Cardinals are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
Cardinals are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games overall.

Over/Under Betting Trends:
Over is 4-0 in Wildcats last 4 overall.
Over is 4-0 in Wildcats last 4 neutral site games as a favorite.
Over is 4-0 in Wildcats last 4 non-conference games.
Over is 4-0 in Wildcats last 4 Saturday games.
Over is 4-0 in Wildcats last 4 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite.
Under is 9-1 in Cardinals last 10 vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
Under is 6-1 in Cardinals last 7 NCAA Tournament games.
Under is 10-2 in Cardinals last 12 overall.
Under is 10-2 in Cardinals last 12 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Under is 5-1 in Cardinals last 6 games following a S.U. win.

Head-to-Head Betting Trends:
Under is 11-2 in the last 13 meetings.
Cardinals are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

Kentucky Last 5 Games:

Mar 11 Vanderbilt Lost 64-71 32-2 (18-1)
Postseason
Date Opponent Result / Time Record
Mar 15 Western Ky. Won 81-66 1-0
Mar 17 Iowa St. Won 87-71 2-0
Mar 23 Indiana Won 102-90 3-0
Mar 25 Baylor Won 82-70 4-0

Louisville Last 5 Games:

Mar 10 Cincinnati Won 50-44 26-9 (14-8)
Postseason
Date Opponent Result / Time Record
Mar 15 Davidson Won 69-62 1-0
Mar 17 New Mexico Won 59-56 2-0
Mar 22 Michigan St. Won 57-44 3-0
Mar 24 Florida Won 72-68 4-0

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