The 30-8 Wichita St Shockers from the Missouri Valley Conference will face the 33-5 Louisville Cardinals from the Big East conference in an NCAA Tournament Final Four college basketball game on Saturday. Tip off time from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta is scheduled for 6PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by CBS.
The NCAA Tournament college basketball odds from this Final Four game has the Louisville Cardinals favored by -10 ½ points with an over under line of 132 points. Louisville and Wichita St have no recent meetings from college basketball.
In the first week of the NCAA Tournament the Shockers pulled off upsets against Pittsburgh and Gonzaga. In a Sweet Sixteen game it was Wichita St defeating LaSalle 72-58 and covering the spread as a -4 ½ point betting favorite. The team is coming off an Elite Eight 70-66 victory against the Ohio St Buckeyes as a +4 ½ point underdog. The game ended over 129 points. Wichita St jumped out to the 35-22 lead at the half in victory. They survived a 37.3% shooting game by making 8 of 20 from the three point line. It was another solid defensive effort by the Shockers as they held the Buckeyes to just 31.1% shooting. No team has shot greater than 36% against Wichita St in the NCAA Tournament. Malcolm Armstead led Wichita St with 14 points and seven rebounds as he made only 6 of his 21 shots. The Shockers have been a stout defensive team this season by allowing 60.9 points a game along with 39.3% shooting ranking in the upper third of college basketball in those two key areas.
In the first week of the NCAA Tournament the Cardinals breezed with easy point spread covering blowout victories against North Carolina A&T and Colorado St. In a Sweet sixteen encounter the Cardinals defeated Oregon 77-69 as a -11 point betting favorite. They come off the 85-63 victory in the Elite Eight against the Duke Blue Devils as a -3 ½ point betting favorite. The game ended over 137 ½ points. It was a huge second half for the Cardinals as they outscored Duke 50-31 in victory. Louisville enjoyed a 52.7% shooting game and made only 2 of their 13 three pointers. They limited Duke to 36.5% from the floor and 4 of 16 from beyond the arc. The Cardinals pulled down nine more rebounds than the Blue Devils. Russ Smith led Louisville with 23 points as he made 7 of his 14 shots. Louisville sits in the top ten percent of college basketball in three key categories which are points per game, scoring and field goal defense. The team puts up 74.3 points a game and allows just 58.1 points. Opponents shoot just 39.2% from the floor against the Louisville defense.