Manhattan vs. Louisville Odds

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ORLANDO, FL (TheSpread) – No. 4 Louisville begins its defense of the national championship today when it faces No. 13 Manhattan at 9:50PM ET in the NCAA Tournament.

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Louisville went 29-5 this season and won the AAC championship. Manhattan is 25-7 on the season and champions of the MAAC. According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Louisville is the favorite to win, as the Cardinals have odds of -16.5 points against the Jaspers. The over/under for the game has been set at 142.5 points (View Matchup). These two last met in 2012, where Louisville won 79-51.

Louisville went 19-13 against the spread this season and split the over/under in 30 games. The Cardinals are on a roll heading into March Madness, winning 12 of their last 13 games, with all but one coming by double figures. Louisville ranks eighth in the nation in scoring at 82.1 points per game and is 15th in defensive scoring, allowing just 61 points per game. The Cardinals are also 15th in defensive field goal percentage (39.4) and fifth in defensive 3-point percentage (29.1). The team is being led by Russ Smith, who is posting 18.3 points and 4.7 assists per game.

Manhattan was 15-14-2 against the spread this season and hit the over in 15 of 27 lined games. Like Louisville, the Jaspers come in hot, winning 11 of their last 12 games. Manhattan is averaging 77.4 points per game on offense while allowing 70 points per game defensively. The Jaspers may have trouble slowing down Louisville’s offense and will have to improve on their 36.7 percent shooting from the arc to win. Leading Manhattan this season is George Beamon, who averages 19.2 points and 6.6 rebounds.

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These two will face off in the second round of the MidWest Region, today at 9:50PM ET on TNT. The game will be held from the Amway Center in Orlando, FL.

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