College Basketball: Louisville Clemson Preview & Prediction

In case anyone was interested, yes, college basketball is in full swing. And by the way, some money was out for the taking early in the non-conference season. But no big deal if you missed out on that during the college football bowl season, it’s understandable. If you’re interested in making the transition to the college basketball season and adding a couple digits to the bankroll, then let’s go.

by Tyler Wright – Wannamakeabet Staff Writer

The Louisville Cardinals travel to Clemson South Carolina to take on the Tigers in an ACC weekend matchup that should be a good one to watch. Louisville was obviously plagued with off season drama and was the spot light of many negative conversations. But that doesn’t mean they’re throwing in the towel and giving up on the season. Coach David Padgett has surely done his best up until this point. But the cardinals have just been unable to get over the hump of turmoil and forgotten identity to really know just what they came to do this year in the basketball arena.

Clemson is no joke. Not traditionally known as a basketball power house, the Clemson tigers are protecting the home court advantage quite well. Going 8-0 at home and a total of 9-1 in their last 10 overall, being 5-1 against the spread at home. Their only loss this year comes to a very competitive Temple team which has played far above expectations so far this season and I feel is a sleeper in the AAC.

Louisville has not faired well on the road this year although it is a young season, going 1-5 SU in its last 6 on the road and is only 3-2 against the spread in its last 5 and trending down. To be honest this is partly a “feel” play for me, I see a solid Clemson team at home against a struggling and confused Louisville team on the road in a hostile environment. I like Clemson which I see currently sits at -6, but opened as a +7 underdog. That kind of a line swing tells you something about the value of Clemson in this spot.

Louisville is a very talented basketball team, can’t argue that fact. I just don’t think they are good enough yet to go into Clemson and compete with the tigers. I’m on Clemson.


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