Central Arkansas Bears (3-4) vs Lousiville Cardinals (5-2)Date : 12/05/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : KFC!Yum Arena, Lousiville, Kentucky
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Central Arkansas Bears vs Lousiville Cardinals
The Central Arkansas Bears will travel to KFC! Yum Center in Louisville, Kentucky, To battle the Louisville Cardinals on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Bears come into this matchup halting a 3 game losing streak as they picked up the win over the Arkansas Little Rock Trojans in their last matchup by a 78-65 score at home as they were able to overcome 17 turnovers by shooting over 50% from the field as well as from 3-point range en route to the huge confidence-building win.
The Louisville Cardinals also picked up a huge win on the road versus a defensive-minded Seton Hall team as they picked up the 70 – 65 victory as Dwayne Sutton was the only player in double figures for the Cardinals with 12 points along with nine rebounds in the win. Louisville heated up late in the second half for which the Pirates had no answer for as they were able to play stellar on both sides of the ball down the stretch, when it counted most.
Central Arkansas Bears's Latest Performance :
Central Arkansas where getting hammered on the defensive end by opponents for three games straight as they entered their matchup with the Trojans of Arkansas Little Rock on a three-game losing skid. When it was all said and done, the Bears were able to get a much-needed win over the Trojans as they came out of their funk in shooting over 50% from the floor on the night while sinking 10 three-pointers as reserves Andrae Jones led the team with 23 points on the night while going 4-7 from long range. Also, Hayden Koval ended with 15 points along with six boards in the win for the Bears.
On the other hand, The Bears have played awful on the defensive end lately, yet, allowed the Trojans to shoot only 40% from the floor while going 7 – 27 from 3-point range for the game. Rayjon Tucker along with Ryan Gibbons led the team in scoring 20 and 14 points off the bench for the Trojans in the loss. In all, the Bears will certainly be looking to continue their hot shooting as they will certainly be faced with a Cardinals team that is very adept at neutralizing opponent’s offenses due to their athleticism and physicality.
Lousiville Cardinals's Latest Performance :
The Cardinals have had a rough patch prior to currently winning two straight games as they were losers to a solid Tennessee team as well as to the Golden Eagles of Marquette. During this time, Louisville was allowing teams to score an average of 85 points per game. During their current two-game winning streak, the Cardinals have rebounded nicely in allowing just 71 points per win while their offense has struggled, at times, yet continues to average 75 points per game during their stellar streak of play.
They continued this streak in their last outing versus the Seton Hall Pirates as they were able to overcome a rough shooting night in which to heat up late in the game and, ultimately, sealed the victory. As stated, there was only one double-figure score for the Cardinals on this night as Sutton put up 12 points on a night where the Cardinals shot 43% from the floor while sinking only 33% of their 3-point attempts, overall.
Of course, the Cardinals and their top-ranked defense also allowed the Seton Hall Pirates to struggle in this matchup from the floor as well as they ended shooting only 40% from the field while making only 3 of 18 3-point attempts on the night. This will certainly be a win that will likely propel Louisville to a win in this matchup; However, they must be able to continue their defensive play as the Bears are entering the contest shooting 46% from the field per night.
How Central Arkansas Bears & Lousiville Cardinals Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Central Arkansas is 4 – 1 ATS while the OU is 3 – 2
Louisville is 4-2-1 ATS while the OU is 5 – 2
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will be an important matchup for both teams at Central Arkansas will be looking to feed from the confidence of obtaining a victory in which to halt a damaging 3 game losing streak in their last outing versus Arkansas Little Rock. On the other hand, the Cardinals will also be looking to build off of their momentum over their win over the Pirates while also looking to become more consistent on the offensive end. Expect this to be a fast-paced game as the Bears will certainly be looking to kick-start their offense early by pushing the pace of the game while Louisville will certainly want to take advantage of their talent and athleticism in the open court, alike.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Louisville Cardinals
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Cardinals to pull out a victory in this matchup as they will simply overpower and overmatch the Bears during the course of this game in which two cruise late in the second half. As stated, Louisville is coming off of a huge win over a defensive-minded Seton Hall Pirates squad on the road and will certainly come back home with their fair share of confidence and momentum. With that being the case, look for them to perform well on both sides of the floor in this contest while taking control of the game in the second half on their way to a victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
I will pick the over in this contest judging by the way the Bears have played defense thus far in the 2018 season. As stated, their defense has struggled mightily and will certainly have its fair share of issues versus a Cardinals team that is solid, defensively, while their offense will also be looking to get back on track. With that being the case, look for Louisville to perform well on the offensive end while also getting to the foul line, frequently, while the visitors will also manage to put some points on the board early on due to their effectiveness in the transition game. Nonetheless, the total will stay well under its set limit for the contest, overall.
Betting trends for Central Arkansas Bears:
- The Bears are 4-1 ATS in last 5 games
- The Bears are 4-1 ATS in last five Road games
Betting trends for Lousiville Cardinals:
- The Cardinals are 3-1 ATS in last 4 games
- The Over is 5-2 in Cardinals last 5 games