The Memphis Tigers (7-2) and the Louisville Cardinals (7-2) face off at Madison Square Garden. Tip-off is set for 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 16, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
Louisville Cardinals vs. Memphis Tigers ATS Preview
In the Cardinals last matchup, they easily got past the Bryant Bulldogs, 102-59. With 17 points and nine rebounds, Louisville’s Anas Mahmoud played well. Louisville dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an absurdly low turnover percentage of 7.1 (better than their season average of 15.9) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 44.1 (above their season average of 32.5). For those same stats, Bryant had marks of 16.4 and 24.4, respectively.
The Tigers come in on a high note after beating the Albany Great Danes in their last contest, 67-58. Memphis Jeremiah Martin played well, contributing 13 points and five steals. Memphis played a nearly perfect game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.347 (above their season average of 0.294) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.510 (above their season average of 0.491). Albany recorded marks of 0.197 and 0.377, respectively, for those same stats.
The offense of Memphis will clash against the stingy defense of Louisville. Dating back to last season, the Tigers rank 169th in offensive efficiency, while the Cardinals are 12th in defensive efficiency. The Cardinals should have the edge on that end of the court.
Louisville Cardinals vs. Memphis Tigers Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Louisville, ATS Winner – Louisville, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Cardinals rank 130th in three pointers attempted per game (20.2) while the Tigers rank 216th in three pointers allowed per game (23.1).
- Louisville averages 6.0 blocks per game, which ranks second in the NCAA. Memphis ranks 78th in blocks allowed per game (3.9).
- Louisville ranks third in assists allowed per game (10.5) while Memphis ranks 187th (13.8).
- The Cardinals rank 15th in rebounds per game (39.9) while the Tigers rank 164th (36.4).
- Louisville ranks 41st in steals per game (6.9) while Memphis ranks 134th (6.7).