Louisville vs Morehead St: Preview & Prediction

    
March 15th, 2011
(4) Louisville vs. (13) Morehead State

Southwest Region - Denver

March 17 - 1:40 TBS

 

Two schools that call the Bluegrass State home meet all the way out in Denver, in what could be an entertaining affair. The tandem of Kenneth Faried and Demonte Harper was an absolute handful throughout the OVC Tournament, and Morehead State has enough experience to know what to expect since quite a few of these players were on the 2009 team that lost to Louisville in the first round. Rick Pitino may not have any surefire NBA prospects on his roster but he's done one of his best coaching jobs with this group. The Cardinals will press, using guards Preston Knowles and Peyton Siva to ramp up the tempo. But their defense is about more than full-court pressure; the Cardinals will change up what they do at times within the same possession. Morehead State can win but they'll need to be smart with the basketball to do so.

 

CHN Team Capsules (w/ stats, records, and rankings):

Louisville

Morehead St

 

Stars to Watch:

G Kyle Kuric (Louisville)

C Kenneth Faried (Morehead State)

 

Vegas Odds:

Louisville -9.5

 

Predictions:

RealTimeRPI: Louisville 71 - Morehead St 64

KenPom: Louisville 71 - Morehead St 59

CollegeHoops.net Betting Pick: Morehead St

 

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