Our top betting pick from Saturday comes from the Big East Tournament championship game as the Louisville Cardinals will face the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Cardinals and Bearcats will tip off from Madison Square Garden at 9PM Eastern Time and its ESPN providing the live national television coverage of this college basketball game. With the college basketball top prediction play we will play on the Cincinnati Bearcats +3 points against the Louisville Cardinals. The betting odds used from our college basketball pick are courtesy of Bovada sportsbook.
The point spread in the Big East conference tournament championship game opened up with the Louisville Cardinals lined as a -1 ½ point betting favorite with an over under of 123 ½ points. Early money from the bettors has steamed on the Cardinals as Louisville is now favored by -3 points. The over under has shown movement down a tick to a current over under of 123 points. Those who play the Louisville Cardinals on the money line will lay -140 odds. If you think the underdog Cincinnati Bearcats can win the Big East championship game straight up without taking the three points your return is +130 odds for your money line wager.
The Cincinnati Bearcats won three straight victories against the Louisville Cardinals. In their lone meeting on February 23rd it was the Cincinnati Bearcats with the 60-56 home win against the Louisville Cardinals as a -2 point favorite. Cincinnati was solid on the defensive end of the court as they limited Louisville to just 34.5% shooting. The Bearcats made their three point shots in the win as they hit on 40.7%. I have to respect the offensive showing by the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Big East Tournament with 72 points scored against Georgetown and 71 points in their 71-68 upset win against top ranked Syracuse Orange getting +8 points. They shot 45.5% on the Orange and connected on 45.5% from the three point line in the win. Last night Cincinnati really stepped up defensively as the allowed a very good Orange team just 40.4% shooting.
The Louisville Cardinals caught a big of break drawing a Notre Dame team last night with very little depth and one that has been tailing downward at the conclusion of the regular season. It made sense for the Cardinals to win last night behind they depth and monster shooting percentage against the Fighting Irish. But prior to that win the Cardinals have been shooting the basketball atrociously. Prior to their win against Notre Dame the Louisville Cardinals have shot no better than 38.8% in their six previous games. Louisville is not a good three point shooting team. When you take the Cardinals away from their home court they shoot just 29.1% from beyond the arc. Cincinnati is a physically tough team that can hold their own inside the paint for loose balls, position and rebounds. The difference in this game is you are getting points with the better offense tonight in the Big East tournament final. Bet the Bearcats +3 tonight and before you wager on this college basketball game read the best online sportsbook reviews.