Offense meets defense when the Indiana Hoosiers (5-4) head to Louisville to take on the Cardinals (5-2). Action starts at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 9, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN.
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The last time the Hoosiers played, they defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes, 77-64. Juwan Morgan was Indiana’s leading scorer with 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting. Indiana played a flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.227 (matching their season average) and a turnover percentage of 11.6 (better than their season average of 15.6). Iowa put up marks of 0.062 and 20.7, respectively, for those same stats.
The Cardinals come in on a high note after blowing out the Siena Saints in their last outing, 86-60. With 17 points on 8-for-12 shooting, Anas Mahmoud was the top scorer from either team. Louisville played a flawless game. They had a superb effective field goal percentage of 0.555 (above their season average of 0.500) and a turnover percentage of 18.1 (worse than their season average of 15.6). For those same stats, Siena was 0.377 and 23.0, respectively.
This battle figures to be a high-scoring affair as two of the nation’s top offenses face off. Dating back to last season, Louisville ranks 58th with 112.6 points per 100 possessions and Indiana is 59th (112.5).
The Cardinals won the sole game against the Hoosiers last season, 77-62. Louisville had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.608 vs. 0.356). Indiana, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (46.3 vs. 23.1).
Indiana Hoosiers vs. Louisville Cardinals ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Louisville, ATS Winner – Louisville, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Cardinals average 6.8 steals per game, which ranks 93rd in the NCAA. The Hoosiers rank 153rd in steals allowed per game (6.3).
- Louisville averages 6.0 blocks per game, which ranks seventh in the NCAA. Indiana ranks 188th in blocks allowed per game (3.8).
- The Cardinals rank 19th in assists allowed per game (10.6) while the Hoosiers rank 100th (12.4).
- Indiana ranks 31st in rebounds allowed per game (32.0) while Louisville ranks 105th (34.1).