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CBB Morehead State vs. Louisville

March 20, 2009

College Basketball Preview - (16) Morehead State vs. (1) Louisville ( Friday 7:10 ET)

By Rocky Atkinson

Morehead State, winner of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, comes in with a 20-15 record on the season.

Louisville, winner of the best conference in the nation this year (the Big East), comes in with a super 28-5 record this year.

Morehead State had to play the "Play-In" game which featured the 64th seed against the 65th seed. Morehead State came out victorious over Alabama State with a 58-43 win as a 2 1/2 to 3 point favorite to move into today's matchup with Louisville.

Morehead State now sits in the #16 seed and will face a very good Louisville team who is seeded #1 in the Midwest Region and is the #1 overall seed for the entire tournament. Both of these teams come from the state of Kentucky and have faced each other before.

The last two meetings between these two saw Louisville winning by 38 points and 24 points. Louisville did beat Morehead State this year at home 79-41.

Rick Pitino's Louisville team is led in scoring by Earl Clark at 14 points per game followed by Terrence Williams 12.3 points per game.

Clark is also the team's leading rebounder grabbing 8.8 boards per game while Williams is close behind grabbing 8.5 points per game.

Morehead State is led by 6-5 Senior Leon Buchanan scoring 15.1 points per game. Kenneth Faried leads the team in rebounding with a whopping 12.8 rebounds per game.

Here are some numbers for this game. Louisville is 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS this year in all tournament games. Morehead State is only 15-34 ATS since 1997 in non-conference games.

Morehead State is 29-110 SU since 1997 as an underdog. A #1 seed has never lost to a #16 seed outright in the tournament but the last 4 years the #1 and #16 teams are 8-8 ATS.

Last year the better seed was 38-22 63.3% overall. Louisville is 43-13 ATS last 3 years and 15-5 ATS this year after a conference game.

Louisville is 33-11 ATS last 3 years after a win against a conference opponent.

Pick: Louisville Cardinals -21 (-110) available at

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