Cardinals vs. Blue Devils Prediction
The 11th-ranked Louisville Cardinals have a showdown on tap this evening at the Duke Blue Devils. Which side will cover the spread in this high profile matchup?
Satuday, January 18, 2020
Cameron Indoor Stadium at 6PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Blue Devils are an 8-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 138 points. As of Saturday morning, 55 percent of public bets are being placed on visiting Louisville. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.
Cardinals slip past Panthers
Louisville secured a 73-68 overtime win Tuesday night at Pittsburgh to improve to 14-3 overall and 5-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Jordan Nwora paced the Cardinals with 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting including 2-of-5 from 3-point distance plus 2-of-2 at the free throw line. He also tallied six rebounds and two blocked shots. Dwayne Sutton registered 13 points, nine boards and two blocks. David Johnson added 11 points, four assists and three caroms off the bench. Louisville outscored the Panthers 33-30 in the second half and 12-7 in the extra session.
Blue Devils upset by Clemson
Duke suffered a 79-72 defeat Tuesday night at Clemson to fall to 15-2 overall and 5-1 in conference action. The Blue Devils trailed 40-33 in the second half and were unable to recover. Vernon Carey Jr. paced Duke with 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting plus 4-of-9 at the free throw line. He also registered seven rebounds, two asissts and two steals. Tre Jones accounted for 17 points, five boards and four assists. Cassius Stanley added 17 points and two caroms.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Cardinals are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games overall. Louisville is 2-6-1 ATS in its last nine Saturday games.
The Blue Devils are 5-2 ATS in their last seven Saturday games. The home team is 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
Duke has won all its home games by double digits this season aside from the puzzling loss to Stephen F. Austin. Coming off the defeat at Clemson, I expect a focused Blue Devils squad here. The Cardinals are talented enough to keep up for a while, but I expect the hosts to eventually assume control and pull away. With the home team dominating this series as of late in terms of ATS, I think the smarter play is on Duke.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: DUKE BLUE DEVILS -8