Louisville Cardinals vs Kentucky Wildcats Prediction, 12/31/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Louisville Cardinals vs Kentucky Wildcats
Date: Saturday, December 31, 2022
Location: Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
TV: Youtube TV
The Louisville Cardinals (2-11) are en route to Rupp Arena on Saturday where they will meet the Kentucky Wildcats (8-3).
The Louisville Cardinals took the court against North Carolina State and ended up losing by a score of 76-64 in their last game. In relation to fouls, the Cardinals finished with 17 and North Carolina State recorded 18 fouls. They also made 10 out of their 26 tries from 3-point land. North Carolina State shot 66.7% when shooting free throws by making 14 of their 21 tries. Furthermore, North Carolina State snagged 29 rebounds (10 offensive, 19 defensive), but wasn't able to record a rejection. North Carolina State totaled 17 assists and had 6 steals in this contest. Pertaining to defending, Louisville allowed 41.9% from the floor on 26 out of 62 shooting. They also dished out 5 assists for this game while forcing 8 turnovers and getting 8 steals. In regard to rebounding, they collected 33 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. At the free throw line, the Cardinals made 14 of 24 tries for a percentage of 58.3%. Louisville walked away from the contest having earned a 51.1% FG percentage (23 out of 45) and made 4 out of their 8 shots from downtown.
Sydney Curry is someone who was a contributor for this game. He accounted for 16 points on 7 of 10 shooting. He saw the court for 23 mins and also pulled down 5 boards. He walked away from this one shooting 70.0% from the field and distributed 1 assist.
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Louisville comes into this one with a record of 2-11 on the year. They are turning it over 16.7 times per contest and as a team are committing 15.8 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Louisville is snagging 32.5 boards per contest and has tallied 113 assists so far this season, which is 360th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. The Cardinals are shooting 31.9% on three-point shots (75 of 235) and 73.8% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 61.4 pts per contest (353rd in Division 1) on 40.1% from the floor.
When they are on defense, the Cardinals have forced 12.3 turnovers every game and they draw 17.5 personal fouls. They rank 281st in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 179 relinquished for the year. The Cardinals defense is giving up a FG percentage of 46.4% (359 of 774) and they surrender 34.8 boards per game as a squad. They give up 33.6% on shots from distance and they rank 294th in college basketball in PPG allowed (73.5).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Kentucky Wildcats took home the win by a final score of 88-68 against Florida A&M. In relation to team rebounding, Kentucky permitted Florida A&M to collect 17 in all (5 on the offensive side). They finished shooting 56.3% from three-point range by hitting 9 of 16 and walked away from this one shooting 7 of 8 at the charity stripe (87.5%). The Wildcats permitted Florida A&M to make 26 out of 50 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 52.0% in this contest. At the conclusion of this game, the Wildcats went 31 out of 59 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 52.5%. In regard to shooting from 3-point land, Kentucky converted 13 of 23 tries (56.5%). They were able to knock down 13 of them for a percentage of 68.4%. Florida A&M earned 17 fouls for this contest which took the Wildcats to the charity stripe for 19 attempts. They also gave up possession of the ball 8 times, while earning 7 steals in this contest. The Wildcats collected 18 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive rebounds totaling 33 for this game.
Cason Wallace ended up having an impact for the Wildcats in the matchup. He converted 10 of 15 in this game giving him a rate of 66.7%, and had 2 rebounds. He recorded 27 points in his 31 mins of playing time and tallied 9 dimes in this contest.
Kentucky has a win-loss mark of 8-3 for the season. The Wildcats have committed 14.9 personal fouls per game while shooting 66.5% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 18.1 times per contest (14th in D-1) and they lose possession via turnover 12.3 times per contest. Kentucky has 866 pts for the season (78.7 per game) and they pull down 41.0 boards per game. As an offense, the Wildcats are shooting 46.0% from the field, which is 129th in Division 1.
The Wildcats on the defensive side of the court are 75th in Division 1 in points per game surrendered with 64.4. They are able to force 13.6 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 39.8% from the field (54th in the nation). The Kentucky defense gives up 33.2% on shots from distance (73 of 220) and opponents are making 70.1% of their free throw attempts. They relinquish 10.6 assists and 33.1 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 54th and 129th in college basketball.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Louisville
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