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Kentucky has largely been living up to their high expectations so far this season with their reloaded roster of talented freshman as Kentucky stands 10-1 overall coming into this test on the road against in-state foe Louisville. Kentucky picked up a great win in their last outing as the Wildcats were able to get past North Carolina by a final of 103-100. The Wildcats’ only defeat this season came at home against a high powered UCLA squad. The Wildcats have been putting up strong offensive numbers ranking 3rd in the nation in scoring average and 173rd in total defense. Newcomer Malik Monk has stepped up to lead the team out of the gate averaging 21.9 points per game.
The Louisville Cardinals are hoping to make a run at the ACC title this season, but they’ll get a lot of opposition at the top from teams like Duke and North Carolina. Louisville has also gotten off to a solid start to the year standing 10-1 overall with their only defeat coming against Baylor. The Cardinals played well again in their last outing getting past a decent EKU squad by a final of 87-56. Louisville likes to get out and score quickly before getting into their half court sets and this group builds off of their defense pressure ranking 10th in the nation in total defense and 90th in scoring average. Louisville doesn’t have standout offensive options, but an impressive 7 guys that average over 6 points per contest.
Louisville has a great home court advantage that they’ll hope to utilize in this fierce in-state battle against their rival. Louisville has a bit more experience than the freshman heavy Wildcats and that can help, especially in these nonconference matchups. In what should be a competitive game we’ll side with the Cardinals to cover the spread behind their home crowd.
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