Harvard vs. Cornell - 2/14/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Cornell Big Red (5-14) at Harvard Crimson (14-7)
College Basketball: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Lavietes Pavilion)
The Line: Harvard Crimson -14.5 -- Over/Under: 138.5
The Cornell Big Red will travel to Lavietes Pavilion to take on the Harvard Crimson this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The Cornell Big Red dropped to 5-14 (2-4 Ivy League) on the season after being defeated by the Pennsylvania Quakers, 79-73, this past Sunday. Cornell struggled defensively agianst against the Pennsylvania offense and couldn’t fight back after the Quakers took a 75-69 lead with just 1:10 left in regulation. Cornell shot 45.9% from the field and 39.1% from beyond the arc, however, allowed Pennsylvania to shoot 53.6% from the field in the loss. Leading the way for the Big Red was Josh Warren who had 23 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Cornell is averaging 67.5 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Big Red are averaging 7.3 three-pointers on 30.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Cornell has been led by Jimmy Boeheim (18.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.2 apg), Terrance McBride (10.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.2 spg), and Josh Warren (10.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.1 apg).
Defensively, Cornell is allowing their opponents to average 69.3 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Big Red have a rebound margin of -1.5 and a turnover margin of 0.4.
The Harvard Crimson dropped to 14-7 (3-3 Ivy League) on the season after being defeated by Brown Bears, 72-71, this past Saturday night. In a tight back and forth game late in the 2nd half, it looked like Harvard was going to pick up the victory after a Justin Bassey lay-up gave the Crimson a 71-69 lead with just :03 seconds left in regulation, however, Brown was able to pull a miracle as the Bears Tamenang Choh converted a game winning three-point play as time expired. Harvard shot 45.6% from the field and 30.4% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Crimson was Robert Baker who had 18 points, 8 rebounds, and a steal.
On the season, Harvard is averaging 73.3 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field. The Crimson are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 34.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Harvard has been led by Bryce Aiken (16.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.3 spg), Noah Kirkwood (11.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.2 spg), and Chris Lewis (11.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.8 bpg).
Defensively, Harvard is allowing their opponents to average 67.0 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Crimson have a rebound margin of 4.2 and a turnover margin of -0.4.
The Big Red are 4-8 ATS in their last 12 games and 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games played in February. The Crimson are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games, however, are just 8-12 ATS on the season.
Cornell has lost 4 of their last 6 games and have struggled on the offensive end this season as the Big Red come into this game ranked just 278th in scoring offense, 210th in FG%, and 305th in 3P-FG%.
Harvard has been decent on both ends of the court this season and come into this match-up ranked T-120th in scoring offense, 67th in FG%, and 114th in scoring defense.
Harvard might have lost 3 of their last 4 games, however, the Crimson could have easily won all 4 of those games which included games at Princeton & Penn. Cornell has had some success at home, but the Big Red have looked awful on the road this season, posting an 0-11 record and as I think Harvard bounces back on their home court with a solid performance here, I’m taking Harvard to cover this large spread. Good Luck!