CBB Odds – Louisville Cardinals to fly past Notre Dame in Big East play Friday
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Seventh-seeded Louisville (24-9, 16-13-1 ATS) knocked of second-seeded Marquette in the Big East Tournament Thursday and we now look for the Cardinals to knock off the third-seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish (22-10, 12-12- 2 ATS) on the CBB odds in the conference semifinals from Madison Square Garden in New York, NY on Friday, March 9th at 9:25 ET on ESPN.
Even though Notre Dame is the higher seed and it is nationally ranked in the polls at 23rd while Louisville is unranked, it is the Cardinals that are rated higher on the Pomeroy Ratings at 26th, compared to a 38th ranking overall for the Irish. Thus, do not be shocked to see Louisville as a small favorite here and we expect the Cardinals to win this game rather handily.
Louisville was very impressive while dispatching of a very good Marquette team much easier than expected 84-71 yesterday while Notre Dame struggled to get by South Florida 57-53 in overtime. Playing with no rest after an overtime game is always difficult and doing so after facing a physical defense like the Bulls makes it doubly tough, so Louisville’s superior athleticism should be tough to handle here.
Louisville may not be as good offensively as in past years, but the Cardinals have a great defense on the CBB odds this season, ranking fourth in the country in defensive efficiency, sixth in effective field goal percentage against and 30th in turnovers forced. That has helped hide the fact that Louisville is ranked only 127th in offensive efficiency.
The Cardinals are still above average in efficiency though, averaging 103.4 points per 100 possessions compared to the national average of 100.9 points, which is a minor miracle for a team that is ranked only 237th in effective field goal percentage and a dismal 300th in three-point percentage at just 30.9 percent.
Louisville has made up for that though by ranking 33rd in offensive rebounding percentage, and the Cards should dominate a poor rebounding Notre Dame squad on the boards in this game. This is also a revenge spot after the Irish went into Louisville and upset the Cardinals in double overtime in the teams’ only CBB betting odds meeting this season.
That was during a dream run that Notre Damn had however during which it frankly overachieved while winning nine straight games with many of those wins coming vs. ranked teams; including handing Syracuse its only loss of the year.
The Irish have come back down to earth recently as that nine-game winning streak was snapped in an upset loss at St. John’s in the third to last game of the regular season. That was followed by another loss at Georgetown and an unimpressive non- covering six-point home win over Providence.
Look for Louisville to be the team riding its momentum to the Big East final.
CBB Odds Prediction: Take the Louisville Cardinals on Friday
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