The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will look to take down the streaking 22nd-ranked Louisville Cardinals when they square off on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 11:00 AM ET, live from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Now, let’s find out if the Hilltoppers can pull off the NCAA Basketball odds upset!
How To Bet The Hilltoppers vs Cardinals NCAA Basketball Betting Match Up
Where: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky
When: Saturday, Dec. 19 at 11:00 AM ET
NCAAB Odds: TBA
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Why Bet The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Western Kentucky (4-4 SU, 2-4 ATS) has won two straight and three of their last five including their 79-70 win over Alabama A&M on Wednesday night. The Hilltoppers got 18 points off the bench from Chris Harrison-Docks and 17 points from Nigel Snipes en route to the solid victory.
Western Kentucky has now won back-to-back games for the first time this season while bagging their last six games at home to improve to a blistering 23-4 at E.A. Diddle Arena in their last 27 games. The Hilltoppers average 79.9 points per game and allow 79.2 points per contest defensively.
Why Bet The Louisville Cardinals
Louisville (6-1 SU, 3-0 ATS) has won three straight games and spanked Kennesaw State 94-57 on Wednesday in a contest that was completely over by halftime. Louisville got a team-high 18 points from Damion Lee and the Cardinals’ shot a blistering 59 percent from the field while cruising to victory.
“It is easy to score right now because we are much bigger than some of these teams, but the good thing is we started throwing the ball inside,” Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said. “Our post players are getting a lot of touches and that is what we want.”
My Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Louisville is a perfect 7-0 at home and will blow Western Kentucky out of the water in this mismatch of a matchup. The Cardinals average a stellar 86.0 points per game while limiting their opponents to just 55.7 points per contest defensively and Western Kentucky simply doesn’t have the kind of talent they need in order to compete with an elite team like the Cardinals.
Western Kentucky is 1-5 SU on the road this season and has lost five straight road games against Louisville. If the spread isn’t too high for this matchup when it is released, I say the Louisville Cardinals are the easy pick!
My final score prediction: Louisville 88 Western Kentucky 70