Louisville (24-8) vs. Jacksonville State (20-14) Prediction & Game Preview
NCAA Tournament: Louisville vs. Jacksonville State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Friday, March 17
Game Time: 2:45 ET
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
All You Really Need To Know About Jacksonville State
(Ohio Valley) 20-14 RPI: 151, 15 seed
Mediocre throughout the season and finishing third in the OVC East, the Gamecocks got hot at the right time to take the tournament title. They never steal the ball and they don’t force enough pressure, but they have a nice defense inside and out.
Dominant on the boards, they have to create second chance opportunities and be very, very patient. They’ll want to grind the game down a bit and own the inside with the size of Norbertas Giga and aggressiveness of Erik Durham.
All You Really Need To Know About Louisville
(ACC) 24-8 RPI: 7, 2 seed
Good enough to potentially go on a deep run if they can get the offense working, they have to avoid the offensive inconsistencies. They can’t hit free throws, and they don’t do too much from three, but they’re fantastic inside with plenty of blocked shots, everyone hitting the boards, and good ball movement.
They’re great at attacking and forcing mistakes, and they’ll get their second chance shots, but they can’t get dragged down into the muck – Virginia gave them a slew of problems in two losses. Get them on the line, and take your chances.
What’s Going To Happen
How focused is Louisville? If it cares, it should be able to roll at will. The Cardinals should hold off the Gamecock talent on the boards, and they won’t get pressured to give the ball away to a defense that doesn’t force any mistakes.
Jacksonville State will hit a few threes, but not nearly enough of them. Louisville should be able to call its shot in the second half.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Louisville 81, Jacksonville State 55
Line: Louisville -20, o/u: 133.5
ATS Confidence: 3
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