The No. 3 Louisville Cardinals (10-1) will attempt to extend their nine-game home winning streak in a matchup against the Miami (OH) RedHawks (5-5) at KFC Yum! Center. The game will air on ACC Network at 8:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.
Miami (OH) RedHawks at Louisville Cardinals Free Prediction
The RedHawks come in on a high note after beating the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils in their last game, 79-67. The RedHawks, who came into the game averaging an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.3, had an absurd mark of 40.5, while the Delta Devils had a free throw rate of 0.087 (below the 0.241 mark opponents have averaged against Miami (OH) this season). Miami (OH) received a boost from Dalonte Brown, who put up 14 points and 10 rebounds.
In the Cardinals’ previous game, they dismantled the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, 99-67. The Cardinals made 22 of their 23 free throws (95.7 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.713 (above their season average of 0.551). Jordan Nwora was the top scorer from either team with 26 points on 10-for-14 shooting from the field.
The high-powered offense of Louisville will battle against the porous defense of Miami (OH). The Cardinals currently rank 14th in offensive efficiency, while the RedHawks are 268th in defensive efficiency. The Cardinals figure to have the advantage on that side of the ball. Ball security should be an advantage for the RedHawks. They rank 50th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 17.2 percent), while the Cardinals force the 40th-fewest turnovers in the NCAA (opponents’ turnover percentage of 17.2 percent).
Miami (OH) RedHawks vs. Louisville Cardinals Betting Pick
Basketball Tip: ATS Winner – Miami (OH), O/U – Under
Louisville ranks 42nd in assists per game (15.6) while Miami (OH) ranks 149th (12.8).
The RedHawks have been outscored by an average of 8.0 points in their last five games. On the season, Miami (OH) has defeated opponents by an average of 1.6 points.
During their last five games, the Cardinals have scored an average of 69.8 points per game (7.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 56.0 points per game (3.5 below their season average).