Both Louisville and Kentucky trounced their opponents last week, Louisville topping EKU 44-7 and Kentucky beating Miami (OH) 41-7. After those games, the betting line began to be drawn for the Governor’s Cup this weekend, and many Louisville fans were shocked/surprised at the fact that Vegas had Louisville as only a 7.5 point favorite.
As anticipated, the line has been growing as the week goes by, with the latest count at Louisville being a 14 point favorite against the Wildcats. As someone who enjoys tweeting what teams you should pick, I’m saying you should definitely take Louisville to beat the spread, but I’m not sure I would take UofL if the line grows any more, as Kentucky isn’t as weak as last season, and won’t just be rolled over by the Cards. If the line gets any higher, I’d advise against it. I think Louisville AT MOST will win by about 17 or so.
If 92% of the betting public is betting Louisville in Governor’s Cup, Vegas is betting HUGE on Kentucky. Which is interesting.
— Mark Blankenbaker (@UofLSheriff50) September 10, 2013
And FYI, the SportingNew’s Basketball Top 25 came out today, and Kentucky is number one, while Louisville is ranked third. Michigan State is stuck in the middle at number 2.
About Louisville, SportingNews Writer Mike DeCourcy said:
All-American shooting guard Russ Smith made a surprising decision to play his senior season—surprising in that he (actually his father) had announced he would move on to the NBA Draft. The likelihood that Smith would be undrafted whether he left college this year or in another 10 perhaps convinced him it was wiser to burnish his legacy as a collegian. Louisville probably will use Montrezl Harrell in the middle—and he is prepared for a stellar season—but you have to plunge deep into the NCAA record book to find the last champ with a 6-8 center.