Penn vs. Harvard - 1/31/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Harvard Crimson (13-4) at Pennsylvania Quakers (8-7)
College Basketball: Friday, January 31, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Palestra)
The Line: Pennsylvania Quakers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 146 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Harvard Crimson and the Penn Quakers meet in Ivy League college basketball action from the Palestra on Friday evening.
The Harvard Crimson will look to add to their current eight-game winning streak after a second consecutive win over Dartmouth by a final score of 70-66 last time out. Noah Kirkwood led the Crimson with 17 points including 5 threes and 7 rebounds while Chris Lewis added 13 points on 6 of 12 shooting with a team-high 9 rebounds and a pair of blocks. Chris Ledlum added 12 points to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Harvard in the win while Christian Jzaung added 5 points and a team-high 4 assists. Bryce Aiken will miss this game with a foot injury, which is big as he leads the Crimson in scoring with an average of 16.7 points per game while Lewis leads Harvard in rebounding with 6.4 rebounds per game and Kirkwood leads Harvard in assists with 2.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Harvard is averaging 73.5 points per game on 46.2% shooting from the field, 34% from behind the arc and 71.6% from the foul line this season.
The Penn Quakers will look to build on a 66-59 win over Temple last time out. AJ Brodeur led the Quakers with 19 points on 6 of 12 shooting with 14 rebounds and a team-high 6 assists for the double-double while Jordan Dingle added 15 points on 6 of 13 shooting with 3 threes and Devon Goodman added 12 points. Ryan Betley added 11 points with 14 rebounds for a double-double of his own to cap off the scoring in double figures for Penn in the victory. Brodeur leads Penn with an average of 17.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Penn is averaging 76.1 points per game on 45.6% shooting from the field, 32.9% from behind the arc and 66.8% from the foul line this season.
Harvard is 36-17-1 ATS in their last 54 games against a team with a winning record and 3-11-1 ATS in their last 15 games as a road favorite while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games following a win. Penn is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games as a home underdog while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. The favorite is 11-3 ATS in the last 14 meetings between these two teams.
I’m tempted by a home dog most nights to at least give them a look, but the problem is that if you take the points with Penn, the line is so thin that you’re basically saying that the Quakers win this game and I just don’t see it. Harvard is a strong 6-1 SU on the road this season and are riding that eight-game winning streak coming into this one. Penn hasn’t been playing that great lately, so the line being so low feels kind of funky, but if it’s a trap, I’m biting. Give me Harvard here.