Louisville Cardinals vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Odds & Info
|Game||Louisville Cardinals vs Minnesota Golden Gophers|
|Date & Time||Friday November 14, 2014, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The premier game on opening of College Basketball features the Pitino son and father clash as Minnesota and Louisville play in Armed Forces Classic located in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have been chomping at the bit to open up another season of college basketball. After winning 25 games last year, with struggles inside the Big Ten, they will be given the chance to open up the season in style by taking on the #8 ranked Louisville Cardinals. The Cardinals come into play at the Armed Forces Classic ready to kick some tail because the alternative is just not a possibility, especially to open up the year.
The Golden Gophers averaged 71 PPG on offense last year while holding opponents to just under 68 PPG. Minnesota's offense will run through 5'9 senior guard Deandre Mathieu. Last season Mathieu was an efficient vessel through which to get the game plan going. He averaged 12 PPG with an additional 4 dimes being dropped every night. He'll be asked to find fellow senior Andre Hollins early and often in order to get some buckets going.
Louisville is ranked #8th for a reason as they step into play ready to continue their winning ways. The Cardinals were 31-6 last year with an impressive 15-3 record in the ACC. They averaged 82 PPG while only giving up 61 to opposing offenses.
Recent Betting Trends
Over is 15-5 in LOU last 20 neutral site games.
LOU are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big Ten.
LOU are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
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Dad has coached son too well as Richard Pitino gives dad and the Cards a scare in opener. Remember this Minnesota team gained ton of experience winning the 2014 post season NIT. Add in that Louisville has had to replace best 4 players in last two season including last years MVP Russ Smith. Close game that comes right down to the wire, final score prediction, Louisville Cardinals win but fail to cover ATS 67-65.