Louisville Cardinals vs Miami Hurricanes Prediction, 1/16/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Louisville Cardinals vs Miami Hurricanes
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021
Location: Watsco Center in Coral Gables, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Louisville (-4)
Watsco Center is the venue where and the Miami Hurricanes (5-6) will take on the Louisville Cardinals (9-1) on Saturday. Louisville opens this contest as 4-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 132.
Louisville comes into this one with a record of 9-1 so far this year. The Cardinals are shooting 35.2% on shots from beyond the arc (58 of 165) and 74.0% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 71.1 points per contest (206th in D-1) while going 47.6% from the floor. They are losing possession via turnover 12.9 times per contest and as a team are committing 19.0 personal fouls per game. As a team, Louisville is pulling down 37.8 rebounds per game and has racked up 124 dimes on the season, which is 216th in the country in terms of passing. Defensively, the Cardinals are forcing 11.7 turnovers every game while drawing 18.7 personal fouls. They are giving up 30.7% on 3-point shots and they rank 33rd in D-1 in PPG from their opponents (63.0). The Cardinals are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 38.8% (214 of 551) and they concede 30.8 rebounds per game as a team. They are 79th in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 98 conceded this year.
The Louisville Cardinals played the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and took home the win by a score of 77-65 in their last contest. Louisville walked away from the game with a 50.9% FG percentage (29 out of 57) and buried 7 of 16 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Cardinals buried 12 of their 17 attempts for a rate of 70.6%. Concerning grabbing boards, they earned a total of 34 with 7 of them being offensive. They also recorded 15 assists in the game while earning 5 steals and 5 blocks. In relation to the defense, Louisville allowed the other team to go 50.9% from the field on 29 out of 57 shooting. Wake Forest distributed 12 dimes and had 4 steals in this contest. Moreover, the Demon Deacons collected 26 rebounds (8 offensive, 18 defensive) and added 5 blocks. Wake Forest shot 88.9% at the charity stripe by making 16 of their 18 attempts. They made 7 out of their 29 tries from downtown.
Carlik Jones is a guy who was a major factor in this game. He left the arena with 23 points on 9 out of 20 shooting. He saw the court for 36 minutes and also snagged 10 rebounds. Jones finished shooting 45.0% from the field and also totaled 3 dimes. Someone else that came through in this matchup for the Cardinals was Samuell Williamson. He had 11 rebounds and earned 2 assists. He ended up shooting 71.4% from the field in this matchup by connecting on 5-of-7 (15 points). When the final whistle was blown, Williamson saw the court for 34 minutes.
Miami has a win-loss record of 5-6 this season. As an offensive unit, the Hurricanes are hitting on 43.2% from the floor, which ranks them 237th in Division 1. Miami has tallied 741 points so far this season (67.4 per contest) and they average 38.4 boards per game. They are getting an assist 12.0 times per game (264th in Division 1) and they are losing possession via turnover 14.3 times per game. The Hurricanes are committing 14.5 personal fouls every game and they shoot 69.0% from the charity stripe. The Hurricanes on the defensive side of the court are 87th in college basketball in points given up per game with 66.3. The Miami defense allows 37.5% on three-point shots (109 of 291) and their opposition makes 64.3% of their foul shots. They relinquish 14.5 dimes and 33.9 rebounds on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 269th and 119th in the country. They are able to force 13.9 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 40.3% from the floor (68th in college basketball).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Miami Hurricanes went home defeated by a final of 84-62 when they played the Boston College Eagles. The Hurricanes earned 25 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards totaling 34 in this contest. They blocked 2 shots while recording 4 steals in the game. The Eagles committed 15 fouls for the game which took the Hurricanes to the charity stripe for 18 attempts. They were able to make 12 of the free throws for a percentage of 66.7%. In reference to shooting from beyond the arc, Miami converted 2 out of 16 tries (12.5%). When all was said and done, the Hurricanes went 24 for 53 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.3%. The Hurricanes permitted the Eagles to convert 30 of their 63 attempts from the field which had them sitting at 47.6% in this matchup. They wrapped up this game 51.4% from distance via 18 out of 35 and walked away from this one shooting 6 out of 10 from the free throw line (60.0%). In regard to rebounding, Miami allowed Boston College to pull down 33 in total (10 offensive).
Nysier Brooks pitched in for the Hurricanes for this contest. He knocked down 4 of 7 for this contest for a field goal rate of 57.1%, which had him finishing with 14 points. Brooks pulled down 7 boards in his 21 mins played and tallied 2 assists for the contest. An additional guy that was pivotal for Miami was Elijah Olaniyi. He finished with 14 points in 30 minutes played by going 5 of 11 shooting for this game. Olaniyi finished going 45.5% from the field while also contributing 2 assists and 6 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Miami (+4)
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