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Louisville is a 2.5-point favorite over Michigan

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It’s gonna be a showdown.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Louisville vs Jacksonville State Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville opened in Vegas as just a 1.5-point favorite for Sunday’s second round showdown against seventh-seeded Michigan. That line has since been bet up to U of L -2.5.

The Cardinals have failed to cover the spread in four straight games, but are a solid 21-4 straight up as favorite this season. Michigan, meanwhile, has won six straight games and three of their last four games as an underdog of three points or less.

In its last 16 games against teams from the Big Ten, Louisville is 14-2, with both of losses coming at the hands of Michigan State. The Cards defeated Michigan in the 2013 national championship game .... you know, in case you forgot. It happened.