Syracuse is coming off a big win on Wednesday against Connecticut while Louisville played St. John’s on Thursday.
Louisville has actually done very well in this NCAA basketball betting series, winning five of the last seven against Syracuse.
College basketball betting had these teams meeting last March with Louisville pulling out a 76-66 victory. In fact, the Cardinals have beaten Syracuse the last four times the teams have played. The question for Syracuse will be if they suffer a letdown since they played Connecticut in a tough game on Wednesday. The Orange extended their record to 24-1 which is the best start in team history. Rick Jackson had 15 points to lead the Orange while Kris Joseph added 14. It was a very tough win for Syracuse since the game was tied numerous times. Syracuse is 15-6 in college basketball betting this season. They are 7-5 vs. the NCAA basketball betting line at home and 5-1 on the road. College basketball betting stats have the Orange at seventh in the country in scoring at 81.6 points per game. Syracuse has a very balanced offensive attack led by Wesley Johnson who leads the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game. Andy Rautins has been the player of late though that has been the key to Syracuse’s winning streak.
Louisville has been a little bit of a disappointment this college basketball betting season even though they still may make the NCAA Tournament. They are below .500 in college basketball betting and they have a losing record against the number at home and on the road. The key number for Louisville under head coach Rick Pitino is the 80 point mark. They are 96-7 over the last nine seasons when scoring 80 or more points. The Cardinals are 19th in the country in points per game at just under 80 points per college basketball betting game.
NCAA basketball betting stats have Louisville leading the all-time series 10-4 against Syracuse and they have won the last four meetings. The Cardinals may not need this NCAA basketball betting victory to get into the NCAA Tournament but it sure would help. Winning against the second-ranked team in the country on the road would be huge for Louisville.