The 11th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers are gunning of their second consecutive road victory, and fourth in a row overall, when they head to the KFC Yum! Center for an eleven secret herbs and spices worthy, nationally televised game against the 14th-ranked Louisville Cardinals.
How To Bet The #12 Virginia Cavaliers Vs #14 Louisville Cardinals
The college basketball betting odds favor the home town Cardinals by 3.5-points to beat the Cavaliers. Tip-off is on CBS this Saturday, Jan. 30 at 1:00 pm EST.
What: No. 11 Virginia Cavaliers (16-4) at No. 16 Louisville Cardinals (17-3)
When: Saturday, January 30, 2016
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Louisville, Kentucky
Stadium: KFC Yum! Center
Spread: Louisville Cardinals -3.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Virginia vs Louisville
Bet The #12 Virginia Cavaliers Because…
Virginia has added a stellar offense to their dominant defense this season. The Cavaliers aren’t just beating teams with suffocating defense like they did in 2014-2015. They are also outscoring teams with an offense that averages close to 50% from the field and close to 40% from the three-point line. The offense compliments the usually destructive Virginia defense. This year’s version of the D yields less than 62 points per game on average. If Virginia can get their defense and offense working together like it often does, the Cavs can pull off the upset over Louisville on Saturday.
Bet The #14 Louisville Cardinals Because…
Louisville has started to assert itself as one of the best teams in the ACC. The Cardinals are currently only a single game behind North Carolina in the conference. North Carolina is a Final Four Pick for most basketball analysts. If the Cardinals keep up their excellent play, they’ll start garnering Final Four looks as well. Louisville has won 6 out of their last 7 games. They also lost a close one on the road at Kentucky, 73 to 75, on Dec. 26. Rick Pitino has his fellas gearing up for March.
Records Since Last Season
The Virginia Cavaliers are 24-26 ATS, but that is better than the Cardinals who are 22-29 ATS. In head-to-head matchups, the Louisville Cardinals are 2-0 ATS. SportsLine has had success picking against the spread in these matchups going 2-0 +200 on picks.
2/7/2015: Virginia won 52 to 47, Louisville covered +7, Game came under 118
3/7/2015: Louisville won 59 to 57, Louisville covered +2.5, Game went over 111.5
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Louisville is playing exceptionally well but don’t expect the Cardinals to blow out the Cavaliers on Saturday. These 2 teams aren’t that far apart in terms of their records against the spread. Virginia is 7 and 11 overall while Louisville is 8 and 8.
Since Virginia is 0 and 6 ATS on the road this season, they figure to lose this game. But, Virginia’s defense and hot hands from the field could make this one much closer than any Louisville fans want it to be. I’m expecting a 3 point game in favor of the Cardinals.
My final prediction is Louisville 72, Virginia 69.