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Louisville Cardinals Odds - Final Four berth could happen if Louisville can focus

Posted by Washington Tucker on 2/4/2014 4:27:36 AM

The Louisville Cardinals odds to win either the conference or the championship were not on the minds of fans in the offseason. Head coach Rick Pitino was mired in a case of extortion with details of extramarital sex, and later, Jerry Smith and Terrence Jennings were arrested. Online betting fans know that the Cardinals always have talent on the court, though, and regardless of what happens off of it, they’ll be a power in the Big East and the Tournament.

Louisville Cardinals odds: +350 to win Big East; +1200 to win Championship

  • Cardinals must replace first-round picks Earl Clark and Terrence Williams
  • Samardo Samuels and Jennings lead the front court
  • Cardinals are loaded with enough talent for a Final Four run

Louisville Cardinals odds maker breakdown: THE COACHING
Nobody has ever questioned Rick Pitino’s coaching abilities or his ability to recruit, but his morals came into question in the offseason. Pitino was the victim of a $10 million extortion, but his extramarital sexual relations were also brought to light, which rubbed a lot of fans the wrong way. Nonetheless, that situation will have to take care of itself. If Pitino is distracted or disturbed, the Cardinals won’t be as much of a factor as many people believe. But he’s a veteran coach; don’t expect this to bother him much, if at all.

Louisville Cardinals odds maker breakdown: THE STARS
NCAA basketball betting fans know that the Cardinals are loaded with talent. Jerry Smith and Edgar Sosa return in the backcourt, while Samuels and Jennings lead the front court. McDonald’s All-American, Peyton Siva, will serve as the backup point guard, but it will be tough to keep him off the court. This team is loaded.

Louisville Cardinals odds maker breakdown: THE SCHEDULE
The Big East always presents a tough schedule but the Cardinals will have a couple of key games before it. The Cardinals will face Arkansas in the Hall of Fame Showcase, as well as playing at UNLV and facing off with Kentucky. That’s enough to test where this team really stands.

Louisville Cardinals odds maker breakdown: THE OUTLOOK
The Big East is always tough, but sportsbook odds makers have Louisville listed as the second best team in the conference. They are deep, talented and versatile, which should be enough for them to really give Villanova a push. If they can keep their focus on the court, they could very well be one of the final four teams left standing.

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Washington Tucker is's college basketball expert.



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