Tigers vs. Cardinals Prediction
The Clemson Tigers and the 16th-ranked Louisville Cardinals are both inside the top 20 nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency. Will defense be the name of the game today to keep the total under its projection when the two teams meet in Louisville?
Saturday, February 16, 2019
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Cardinals are a 4.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 131.5 points. As of Saturday morning, 77 percent of public bets are pouring in on host Louisville. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Tigers stunned at Miami
Clemson allowed the game-winning basket with 0.4 seconds remaining Wednesday night in a 65-64 defeat at the Hurricanes. The Tigers (15-9, 5-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) were outscored 41-38 in the second half of the loss. Clemson shot 23-of-55 from the floor, 3-of-19 from 3-point range and 15-of-15 at the free throw line. Marcquise Reed paced the Tigers with 19 points on 5-of-17 shooting plus 9-of-9 at the free throw line. He also pulled down four rebounds. Elijah Thomas contributed 16 points and nine rebounds. Shelton Mitchell added 15 points, five boards and two assists.
Cardinals blow huge lead, fall to Duke
Louisville blew a 23-point lead Tuesday night at home as it lost 71-69 to the second-ranked Blue Devils. The Cardinals led 38-29 at halftime and continued to play well until the latter part of the second half. Louisville shot 25-of-60 from the field, 9-of-27 from 3-point range and 10-of-13 at the free throw line. Jordan Nwora paced the Cardinals with 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting including 5-of-8 at the free throw line. He added 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Dwayne Sutton contributed 15 points and six rebounds. Steven Enoch added 14 points and three boards off the bench.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The under is 5-0 in the last five Clemson games following an ATS loss. The under is 7-3 in the last 10 Tigers games overall.
The under is 5-1 in the last six Cardinals games on Saturdays. The under is 9-4 in the last 13 Louisville games following a straight up loss.
Neither team plays at a fast pace, but the Cardinals are also a top 20 team offensively and can get into the occasional shootout. That isn't likely to happen here, but the last two games between these two foes have gone over what the total is set at here. I think it's going to be a grind-it-out type of game, but also with enough success on offense to push it over a total that seems it might be set slightly too low.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: CLEMSON TIGERS/LOUISVILLE CARDINALS OVER 131.5