NCAA Tournament Betting -- Louisville vs. Manhattan: Teacher Meets Pupil, But Will it Have an Impact?

 

Louisville is favored by 16 points in the NCAA Tournament betting odds, but there is a bit of a twist to this game.

Manhattan's coach, Steve Masiello, learned his trade under Rick Pitino, the coach at Louisville. Masiello was a player for Pitino at Kentucky and an assistant with the Cardinals, and goes so far back with Pitino that he was a ball boy for the Knicks when Pitino was in charge (and we bet you didn't remember that).

Needless to say, the familiarity that the pupil has with the teacher should be a factor that is considered when handicapping this game from a NCAA Tournament betting perspective. And the experts from Final Score Network understand that.

Manhattan is a team that could make it very difficult for Louisville to come down the lane, because they have one of the better shot-blockers in the country in Rhamel Brown, who rejected 3.7 shots per game. Manhattan won eleven of its last 12 games, including the Metro Atlantic conference tournament, so it is not as if the Jaspers have backed into this opportunity.

But is there any team in the country with the veteran leader like Russ Smith? And how many teams can really keep up with the Cardinals when they are at their highest level of intensity? These are very important questions to ponder, as is the question of just how angry Louisville might be over the way they were designated by the NCAA Selection Committee. Pitino has covered 18 of his last 21 tournament games, which is some the folks at FSN are well aware of.

Certainly the Cardinals have more talent, but will the teacher take it easy on his pupil? You may be confused by some of this, but we assure you, the people working for Final Score Network are right on top of things. They have been picking basketball winners in the Big Dance for years, so let them take care of your NCAA Tournament betting needs!

 

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