Pennsylvania vs. Dartmouth - 2/1/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pennsylvania vs. Dartmouth - 2/1/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Dartmouth Big Green (7-10) at Pennsylvania Quakers (9-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Palestra)

The Line: Pennsylvania Quakers -8 -- Over/Under: 133.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Dartmouth Big Green will travel to The Palestra to take on the Pennsylvania Quakers this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Dartmouth Big Green lost their 6th straight game and dropped to 7-11 (0-3 Ivy League) on the season after being defeated by the Princeton Tigers, 66-44, on Friday night. Dartmouth couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end against the Tigers throughout the game and couldn’t fight back after a 7-0 Princeton run gave the Tigers a 55-37 lead with just 7:50 left in regulation. Dartmouth allowed Princeton to shoot 52.8% from the field while the Big Green shot just 36.5% from the field and 25.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Big Green was Chris Knight who had 10 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and a steal.

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Coming into their game against Princeton, Dartmouth was averaging 66.9 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Big Green were averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 32.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Dartmouth has been led by Chris Knight (13.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 bpg), Aaryn Rai (11.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.5 apg), and James Foye (10.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.0 apg).

Defensively, Dartmouth was holding their opponents to an average of 64.8 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Big Green had a rebound margin of 1.9 and a turnover margin of -0.1.

The Pennsylvania Quakers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 9-7 (1-2 Ivy league) on the season after defeating the Harvard Crimson, 75-72 in OT, on Friday night. Pennsylvania allowed Harvard to fight back to force OT after holding a 52-40 lead midway through the 2d half, however, the Quakers were solid offensively in the extra period, especially at the FT line, and was able to hold of the Crimson for their first conference win. Pennsylvania shot 49.1% from the field and 72.0% (18-25) from the FT line in the victory. Leading the way for the Quakers was AJ Brodeur who had 20 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 blocks, and 2 steals.

Coming into their game agianst Harvard, Pennsylvania was averaging 76.1 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Quakers were averaging 9.3 three-pointers per game on 32.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Pennsylvania has been led by AJ Brodeur (17.2 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.6 bpg), Jordan Dingle (14.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.8 apg), and Devon Goodman (13.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, Pennsylvania was allowing their opponents to average 73.6 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Quakers had a rebound margin of -0.9 and a turnover margin of -1.0.

The Big Green are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600, however, just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Quakers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games, however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite. 

Dartmouth has struggled putting up points this season as the Big Green come into this game ranked just 291st in scoring offense, however, the Big Green have for the  most part been competitive this season behind a defense that ranks 69th in scoring defense.

Pennsylvania has struggled defensively this season, ranking just 275th in scoring defense & 198th in defensive FG%, however, the Quakers have one of the more dangerous offenses in the Ivy League as they currently rank 65th in scoring offense, 82nd in FG%, and 33rd in three-pointers made per game.

Dartmouth has lost 7 of their last 8 games and struggled agianst Princeton, however, Dartmouth has keep a lot of those games pretty competitive, including covering in both their recent losses agianst Harvard. Pennsylvania has a great offense, however, after a solid win over Harvard in OT, I expect the public to push this line a bit higher than it should and as I think the Big Green defense will have some success, I think the play here is to take Dartmouth and the points. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Dartmouth Big Green +8

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