Miami vs Louisville NCAA Basketball Odds Preview

Miami vs Louisville NCAA Basketball Odds Preview

Written by on February 2, 2015

When the new college basketball rankings are unveiled today, there is likely to be a team that is noticeably absent from the top 25 as college hoops betting fans will probably notice. That team would be the Miami Hurricanes, who started this week at the number #23 spot, but whose tailspin is almost certainly going to leave them unranked by the time 1 PM EST rolls around.

Hurricanes vs Cardinals NCAA Basketball Odds Preview

Date/Time: February 3, 2015 / 8:00PM Venue: BankUnited Center, Coral Gables, Florida Spread: Louisville -2.5

Why place your money on the Miami Hurricanes

Miami (14-7, 4-4) have now lost 3 of their last 5, slipping down the ACC standings in the process. Their 50-70 loss to Georgia Tech was bad enough, but they followed that up with a heartbreaking loss to Florida State, which was a game that they looked to have in control. To make matters worse, they now have to welcome in a Louisville team that is riding a 3-game win streak, and who is sure to be full of confidence after knocking off #13 ranked North Carolina in OT over the weekend. Miami does not have what you would call a powerful offense, as they average just 68.7 PPG, but it has been anemic in those last two games. Sheldon McClellan and Angel Rodriguez have been leading the way on offense with 14.5 and 13.4 PPG, respectively this season, but they were held to a combined 27 points in the losses to Georgia Tech and Florida State. If the Hurricanes want to get things back on track, they are going to need their two top point’s producers to up the ante.

Why Bet on the Louisville Cardinals

They are going to have a tough time doing that against a Louisville (18-3, 6-2) team that is in the Top 25 on defense in the nation, allowing just 59 PPG. They have some real momentum going at the moment after the OT win versus NC, but the trick here will be to not look beyond the Hurricanes, and ahead to their next match-up, which just happens to be against the Virginia Cavaliers, who will be looking to bounce back big after suffering their first loss of the season. They will be looking to sophomore guard Terry Rozier (18.3 PPG) to continue with his hot play, as he has topped 20 points in each of his last three games.

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The combination of a hot offense and a stifling defense should be more than enough to see Louisville get past the flagging Miami Hurricanes.