Cornell vs. Brown - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cornell vs. Brown - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Brown Bears (12-9) at Cornell Big Red (5-16)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Newman Arena at Bartels Hall)

The Line: Cornell Big Red +3 -- Over/Under: 137 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Brown Bears will travel to Newman Arena to take on the Cornell Big Red this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Brown Bears improved to 13-9 (6-3 Ivy) on the season after defeating the Columbia Lions, 72-66, on Friday night. Brown trailed by 43-32 margin early in the 2nd half, however, the offensive was excellent down the stretch and was able to hold of the Lions after taking a 70-66 lead with :46 seconds left in regulation. Brown shot 43.8% from the field and outrebounded Columbia by a 40-28 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bears was Brandon Anderson who had 16 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals.

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Coming into their match-up against Columbia, Brown was averaging 68.6 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Bears were averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 31.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Brown has been led by Brandon Anderson (18.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.4 spg), Tamenang Choh (13.2 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.2 apg), and Zach Hunsaker (11.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.5 spg).

Defensviely, Brown was allowing their opponents to average 69.9 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Bears had a rebound margin of 4.5 and a turnover margin of -2.1.  

The Cornell Big Red lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 5-17 (2-7 Ivy) on the season after being defeated by the Yale Bulldogs, 81-80 in 2OT, on Friday night. Cornell gave the Bulldogs all they could handle throughout the game and took a late lead in the 2nd OT, however, Yale was able to escape with a win after August Mahoney hit the game-winning lay-up for the Bulldogs with just :02 seconds left in the 2nd OT. Cornell shot 50.8% from the field and 38.9% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Big Red was Terrance McBride who had 27 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block, and a steal.

Coming into their game against Yale, Cornell was averaging 66.6 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Big Red were averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 29.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Cornell has been led by Jimmy Boeheim (17.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.1 apg), Terrance McBride (10.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.1 spg), and Josh Warren (9.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.1 apg).

Defensively, Cornell was allowing their opponents to average 70.3 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Big Red had a rebound margin of -2.6 and a turnover margin of 0.7.

The Bears are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games vs. Cornell and just 3-6-1 ATS on the road this season. The Big Red are 5-10 ATS in their last 15 games, however, are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games at home.

Brown has been playing well as of late winning 6 of their last 7 games including an impressive recent win at Penn. Cornell has been solid at home this season, posting a 5-4 record, however, it’s going to be tough for the Big Red to bounce back on Saturday after logging a bunch of minutes against Yale on Friday and I'm going to roll with Brown covering this small road spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Brown Bears -3

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