Basketball Pick: Louisville Cardinals at Kentucky Wildcats
- Updated: December 28, 2013
Louisville Cardinals at Kentucky Wildcats
Date/Time: December 28, 4:00 p.m. EST
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The college basketball season is in full gear and this is the time of year when rivals meet on the court in crucial games. There may be no bigger game up to this point in the season than the game this weekend between the Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats. The Cardinals and the Wildcats have a long lasting rivalry and it heats up more than ever this time around as both teams are highly ranked in the college basketball standings.
The Wildcats and the Cardinals rivalry has grown so much over the last few years it has become one of the best in college basketball and is on the same level as North Carolina and Duke. But Kentucky and Louisville will also bring what they’ve always brought to make their rivalry join UNC-Duke as distinctive. Two long-standing traditions of success sharing the same rarefied air within the same state. As will be noted before, during and after the game, Kentucky (2012) and Louisville (2013) won the last two national championships. Both teams have some of the best players in the game today, two of the best coaches and they have aspiration to win another championship.
The latest college basketball betting trends show that the Cardinals have struggled of late against their rivals. The Cardinals are 3-7 against the spread (ATS) in the last 10 meetings, but the rest of the trends favor the red birds. The Cardinals are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games when playing a team with a winning straight up record, 41-17 ATS in their last 58 games following a straight up win and 56-27-1 ATS in their last 84 road games against a team with a winning home record.
The Wildcats however have some trends that show they could struggle in this outing. The Wildcats are 13-27-1 ATS in their last 41 games following a loss against the spread, 4-9-2 ATS in their last 15 home games against a team with a road winning percentage of greater than .600 and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning straight up record.
Louisville comes in winners of six games in a row and led by Rick Pitino who is arguably one of the best coaches in college basketball. Russ Smith leads the team from the floor as a gifted senior who can put up points and lead this team to victory. While Kentucky has another coaching great and similar gifted athletes this game will belong to the Cardinals as they get a big win on a Saturday and add another chapter to this storied rivalry.
Free Pick: Louisville Cardinals