Louisville, one of the best teams from the ACC, plays Jacksonville State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 17, this Friday. The game tips off at 2:45 pm ET. It takes place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN.
Now let’s find out if any of these two NCAA Basketball National Title hopefuls have a shot at making the Second Round of March Madness
A Closer Look at How To Bet The Jacksonville Gamecocks Vs Louisville Cardinals Odds & Expert Betting Tips
Louisville was one of the best teams in one of the best conferences in the nation this season. The Cardinals went 24-8 straight up. They went 17-12-1 against the spread. Jacksonville State went 20 and 14 straight up. The Gamecocks went 17-12 against the spread.
What: No.15 Jacksonville State Gamecocks (20-14) vs No.2 Louisville Cardinals (24-8)
When: Friday, March 20, 2017
Start Time: 2:45 PM ET
Where: Indianapolis, Indiana
Stadium: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Spread: Louisville -20
Moneyline: Jacksonville State +3000 vs Louisville -7000
Game Total: 134
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Jacksonville State vs Louisville
Bet Jacksonville State +20 Because…
The Jacksonville State Gamecocks have finally put it all together. After two straight losses, Jacksonville State won SU and ATS in their final 4 games. They beat Morehead State 70 to 61 as a +2.5 dog. They took down SE Missouri St. 74 to 51 as a -4 favorite. They beat Belmont 65 to 59 as a +8 dog. Then, they took down Tennessee-Martin 66 to 55 as a -2.5 favorite.
Bet Louisville -20 Because…
Rick Pitino, the Louisville Cardinals’ coach, is one of the best college basketball coaches of all time. Pitino’s teams excel in March. This Louisville team could be one of the better squads Pitino has had. The Cardinals allow 65.8 points per game while scoring 77.5 points per. That’s while playing against teams like North Carolina, Duke, and Florida State in the ACC.
Jacksonville Vs Louisville Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Louisville is a better team than Jacksonville State, but 20 points is a lot. I believe that the Cardinals are good enough to beat Jacksonville State. That’s not the problem.
The problem is that by the time Louisville tips it off versus the Gamecocks, it will have been close to 10 days since Louisville hit the court in a competitive game. That’s a long time for a team to sit on their hands without dunking on an opponent.
I think Louisville pulls away at the end. It could be rough in the beginning. If the spread was Cardinals -15, I might back them ATS. But, since the spread is Cardinals -20, I like Jacksonville State against the spread.