NCAA Tournament Picks: Louisville Cardinals vs. Oregon Ducks

Jeff GrantContributor IMarch 26, 2013

NCAA Tournament Picks: Louisville Cardinals vs. Oregon Ducks

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    The Louisville Cardinals have outscored opponents by an average of 17.8 points during their 12-game winning streak, which is important to consider when making your NCAA basketball picks Friday night as they take on the Oregon Ducks.

    Sports bettors will find that the Cardinals are 10-point neutral site favorites in the college basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 129 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this Sweet 16 matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up an against-the-spread pick along the way.

Louisville Cardinals

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    The Louisville Cardinals are coming off an impressive 82-56 victory over the Colorado State Rams as 11-point favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the total for a sixth consecutive contest.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Cardinals have gone 20-3-1 against the spread in March, with the UNDER going 14-10 in that situation.

Oregon Ducks

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    The Oregon Ducks moved past the round of 32 with a 74-57 victory over the Saint Louis Billikens as 4.5-point underdogs last Saturday, while going OVER the posted total of 125.

    Sports bettors will find that the Ducks are 29-18 against the spread when getting points the last two-plus seasons.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Louisville Cardinals as one of their NCAA tournament picks Friday, as they've gone 20-7 against the spread in their last 27 neutral-site games.

    NCAA Basketball Pick: Louisville Cardinals -10

     

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