Bellarmine Knights vs Louisville Cardinals Prediction, 11/9/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Bellarmine Knights vs Louisville Cardinals
Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Location: KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY
The Bellarmine Knights (20-13 last season) are hitting the road to KFC Yum! Center on Wednesday where they will try to defeat the Louisville Cardinals (13-19 last year).
The Bellarmine Knights stepped onto the hardwood against Jacksonville and walked away with a win by a score of 77-72 in their last contest of last year. Bellarmine ended the game having earned a 50.0% field goal percentage (25 of 50) and converted 12 of 25 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Knights made 15 of 17 shots for a percentage of 88.2%. With respect to hauling in rebounds, they compiled 25 with 5 of them being offensive. They also dished out 10 dimes in this contest while forcing 5 turnovers and getting 3 steals. In the matter of defense, Bellarmine allowed the other team to shoot 44.8% from the field on 26 of 58 shooting. Jacksonville dished out 12 assists and had 3 steals for the game. In addition, Jacksonville pulled down 33 rebounds (12 offensive, 21 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. Jacksonville finished the contest at 82.4% at the free throw line by burying 14 of 17 tries. They buried 6 out of their 24 attempts from 3-point range. When discussing personal fouls, the Knights left the arena with 17 and Jacksonville accumulated 17 personal fouls.
CJ Fleming is one player who was a major contributor in the game. He totaled 27 points on 6 out of 16 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 39 minutes and also grabbed 2 boards. He went 37.5% from the floor and earned 2 dimes.
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Bellarmine comes into this game after finishing with a mark of 20-13 last year. They had an average of 70.1 points per game (203rd in the nation) while hitting 47.5% from the field. The Knights shot 34.0% on shots from downtown (257 of 755) and 75.3% from the charity stripe. As a team, Bellarmine collected 30.3 boards per game and had 478 assists last year, which had them ranked 76th in college basketball in terms of passing. They turned it over 9.5 times per game and as a group committed 14.3 personal fouls per game.
On defense, the Knights forced their opponents into 11.8 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 14.6 fouls. They were 196th in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 411 relinquished last season. The Knights defensively gave up an opponent shooting percentage of 44.1% (789 of 1,790) and they conceded 32.5 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They gave up 33.9% from beyond the arc while they were 116th in college basketball in opponents PPG (67.2).
In their last game last season, the Louisville Cardinals took a defeat with a final score of 51-50 when they faced Virginia. The Cardinals earned 23 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards for a total of 34 for the contest. They turned the ball over 10 times, while recording 9 steals in the matchup. Virginia was called for 11 fouls for this game which took the Cardinals to the charity stripe for a total of 9 attempts. They were able to bury 5 of the free throw tries for a clip of 55.6%. In the matter of shots from beyond the arc, Louisville knocked down 5 of their 22 attempts (22.7%). Overall, the Cardinals went 20 out of 56 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 35.7%. The Cardinals allowed Virginia to bury 21 of 50 tries from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 42.0% for the game. They shot 0.0% from distance via 0 of 6 and ended up going 9 out of 13 at the free throw line (69.2%). In regard to rebounding, Louisville allowed Virginia to pull down 29 in all (5 on the offensive glass).
Malik Williams was important for the Cardinals for the matchup. He earned 11 points in his 37 mins on the court, but wasn't able to tally an assist. He buried 5 out of 12 in the game for a rate of 41.7%, and had 13 rebounds.
Louisville had a mark of 13-19 last year. The Cardinals committed 17.2 personal fouls every game and they went 67.4% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists was at 11.9 times per contest (260th in college basketball) and they lost possession by turning the ball over 12.2 times per game. Louisville accounted for 2,154 points last season (67.3 per contest) and they grabbed 36.5 boards per contest. As an offense, the Cardinals shot 42.2% from the field, which was ranked 277th in the country.
The Louisville defense surrendered 34.9% on shots from beyond the perimeter (245 of 702) and opponents made 70.3% of their free throw shots. They relinquished 13.2 dimes and 35.3 boards every game, which was ranked 226th and 220th in those defensive categories. The Cardinals on the defensive end were ranked 203rd in the country in points given up per game with 70.1. They forced 11.1 TO's per game and allowed teams to shoot 43.7% from the floor (206th in the nation).
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Bellarmine
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