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College Basketball Picks: St. John's Red Storm vs. Louisville Cardinals

Jeff GrantContributor IFebruary 14, 2013

College Basketball Picks: St. John's Red Storm vs. Louisville Cardinals

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    The Louisville Cardinals are 0-6 against the spread after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks on Thursday night, when they host the St. John's Red Storm at the KFC Yum! Center.

    Sports bettors will find that the Cardinals are 17-point favorites in the NCAA basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 133.5 in the market.

    Rick Pitino's squad will be in bounce-back mode after the Cardinals suffered a 104-101 five-overtime loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as six-point road favorites last time out.

    Let's take a closer look at this Big East Conference affair from a betting perspective, while offering a prediction on the total along the way.  

St. John's Red Storum

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    The St. John's Red Storm have alternated wins and losses over their last four games. On Thursday, they will try to bounce back from Sunday's 77-58 setback to the Syracuse Orange as 13.5-point road underdogs.

    Sports bettors will find that the Red Storm are 4-2-1 against the spread as road underdogs of 12.5 or more points since the start of the 2010-2011 season.

Louisville Cardinals

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    The Louisville Cardinals are 10-4 all-time against the St. John's Red Storm, including a perfect 6-0 mark when playing at home.

    Sports bettors will find that the Cardinals are 12-12 against the spread as favorites this year. 

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their sports betting picks on Thursday night, as the UNDER is 4-0-1 in the Louisville Cardinals' last five games as home favorites of 15.5 to 18 points. 

    NCAA Basketball Pick: Under 133.5

     

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