The No. 12 Cardinals (21-5) will take the court against Seton Hall (13-14) today at Noon. The struggling Pirates have lost 12 of last 13 games and will likely drop their ninth in a row inside the KFC Yum! Center.
Fuquan Edwin leads the way for Seton Hall with 17.1 points per game. Edwin is also a 41.4 percent which could cause issues for Louisville. The often soft and forgiving rims on Denny Crum Court can give a shooter the confidence they need to have career high games. However, UofL’s defense should be able to focus on locking Edwin down.
Russ Smith is scoring 18.4 points per game for Louisville, but has been challenged to work on distributing the ball more. Those who should benefit are Chane Behanan and Gorgui Dieng. Behanan is averaging 11.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Dieng has been dominate on the glass grabbing 10.3 rebounds and adding 9.1 points per contest.
While Seton Hall is averaging 66.0 points per game, that is not likely to happen today. Don’t be surprised if the Cardinals hold the Pirates to under 25 first half points and 60 for the game.
If Louisville plays with the killer instinct they have shown at times, they may go above their 74.0 points per game average. When the Cardinals decide to push the tempo and pressure defensively they can make good teams look bad. Therefore, Seton Hall may not stand a chance.
UofL is currently a large 19 point Las Vegas favorite. As long as Louisville plays a complete 40 minutes, covering the spread is highly probable.
UofL 78 Seton Hall 57