Cardinal Basketball

Louisville Favored By 36 Over USC Upstate

USC Upstate Athletics

Per VegasInsider.com, Chris Mack and the Louisville Cardinals are favored by 36 points over the Spartans of USC Upstate. This matches the largest point spread in program history.

Covers.com has college basketball point spreads records dating back to the 1997-98 season and since then Louisville has been favored by 30 or more points eight times.

Season Opponent Line
2004-05 Tulane -30
2005-06 Tenn. Martin -30
2012-13 Cornell -31
2013-14 Hofstra -32.5
2014-15 Jacksonville St. -31.5
2015-16 Kennessaw State -36
2019-20 NC Central -34
2019-20 USC Upstate -36

Louisville is 3-4 against the spread in the seven games

The Cards have been favored by a total of 70 points in the preview two games. The two largest point spreads in program history have come in back to back games.

The Cards are up to No.2 in AP Poll, but the current point spread says more about USC Upstate than it does Louisville.

The Spartans are coming off a 6-25 season and are 3-27 over the past two seasons against Big South opponents.

I can’t be the only one excited to get this portion of the schedule over with…

Cards and Spartans tip at 7:00 PM on the ACC Network.

UPDATE: Tip of the cap to @ChrisDHatfield for finding a bigger spread than Louisville -36. The Cards were favored by 37 points over Utah Valley in 2005.

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