The NCAA basketball odds makers have not yet released the total at time of this writing, but the spread was at 26. This season Louisville went 20-14 ATS, while North Carolina AT&T has covered in four of their previous five contests.
Having not lost for over five weeks, the Cardinals have reached their peak at the perfect time. They've won 10 straight contests, including a clean sweep of the competition in the Big East tournament.
And what a tournament it was. Louisville first dispatched Villanova (74-55) and Notre Dame (69-57) in their opening two games, and then masterminded a wonderful second-half comeback to beat Syracuse 78-61 in the championship.
Obviously this team has all the makings of a championship contender. With a backcourt duo of Russ Smith and Peyton Siva, a beast inside in Gorgui Dieng, and a number of role players including Chane Behanan and Wayne Blackshear, the Cardinals are likely to be a force in the Big Dance.
Louisville's press caused all sorts of problems for Syracuse and will be utilized Pitino whenever he sees fit. No doubt the Cardinals have the personnel to pull it off.
Coming in to the first round, Pitino's crew has been tremendous against the spread away from home. They're 13-5 ATS in all matchups on the road this season, so when placing their NCAA Basketball picks, backers need not be too afraid of this large number.
North Carolina AT&T Aggies
The Aggies survived a late run from Liberty to win 73-72 in the play-in game on Tuesday night. The reward? A date with the best team in the country at the moment.
North Carolina AT&T shot 51.9 percent from the floor and held on desite hitting just 57.9 percent from the line. Bruce Beckford had 16 points and nine boards, Lamont Middleton chipped in with 14 points and five rebounds, and Jeremy Underwood was a perfect 6-of-6 for 19 points off the bench.
What a week it's been for the Aggies. They overcame Florida A&M, North Carolina Central, Delaware State, and Morgan State to win the MEAC tournament.
Considering North Carolina AT&T finished with a pedestrian 8-8 regular season conference mark, it was quite the feat for the Aggies.
The good times are expected to come to an end soon though, with Louisville ready and waiting in Lexington, a short drive from their campus. The Aggies need a complete meltdown from the Cardinals to have any chance of avoiding a drubbing.
College Basketball Pick
This is a huge number for any team to cover as chalk, with a backdoor cover always within reason in the closing minutes.
We will therefore place our attention on a first half play, as we look for the Cardinals to come out with a purpose from the opening tip. They will want to prove early why they deserve to be the number one overall seed.
It's been a magical run for the Aggies, but they have no chance here. Louisville is too strong in every regard not to cruise to an opening-round blowout victory.
Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Louisville Cardinals 1H
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