Louisville Cardinals vs Middle Tennessee State
Louisville Cardinals vs Middle Tennessee State

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at Louisville Cardinals Odds Preview 03/18/18

The Louisville Cardinals (21-13) clash against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (24-7) in the NIT at KFC Yum! Center. The game can be seen on ESPN2 at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 18, 2018.

The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 143 points with Louisville opening as a 5-point favorite.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at Louisville Cardinals Free Prediction

The last time the Blue Raiders played, they were dismantled by the Vermont Catamounts, 64-91. Vermont’s free throw rate was their largest strength over Middle Tennessee. The Catamounts had a rate of 0.138 (below their season average of 0.322), while the Blue Raiders posted a mark of 0.083 (below their season average of 0.232). Middle Tennessee’s Nick King had a good performance, recording 16 points and 12 rebounds.

The Cardinals beat the Northern Kentucky Norse in their last matchup, 66-58. The Cardinals knocked down 16 of their 22 free throws (72.7 percent) and had a turnover percentage of 13.4 (better than their season average of 14.8). With seven points and 13 rebounds, Ray Spalding had a solid performance for Louisville.

Baskets could be hard to come by as two of the nation’s top defenses square off. Louisville currently ranks 54th in defensive efficiency (99.3) and Middle Tennessee is 26th (97.4).

Giddy Potts has averaged 13.4 points and 5.2 rebounds over the last five games for Middle Tennessee.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at Louisville Cardinals Odds Pick

Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Louisville, ATS Winner – Louisville, O/U – Under

Notes

Betting Notes:

Middle Tennessee ranks 11th in rebounds allowed per game (30.5) while Louisville ranks 254th (37.1).

The Cardinals rank fourth in blocks per game (6.2) while the Blue Raiders rank 227th (2.3).

Middle Tennessee ranks 40th in three pointers allowed per game (19.4) while Louisville ranks 126th (21.2).

The Cardinals rank 28th in assists allowed per game (11.2) while the Blue Raiders rank 42nd (11.5).

Bettings Trends:

The Blue Raiders’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 11.6, up from 9.6 for the season.

During their last five games, the Cardinals have scored an average of 68.2 points per game (7.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 70.0 points per game (0.2 below their season average).

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