Harvard vs. Pennsylvania - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Pennsylvania Quakers (13-8) at Harvard Crimson (16-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Lavietes Pavilion)
The Line: Harvard Crimson -6.5 -- Over/Under: 141 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Penn Quakers will be travelling to Lavietes Pavilion in Cambridge, MA to take on the Harvard Crimson this Saturday in an Ivy League showdown, tipping off at 7:00 EST.
The Penn Quakers lost their last game and dropped to 13-9 (5-4 Ivy League) on the season after being defeated by the Dartmouth Big Green, 66-59, this past Friday. The Quakers fought to a 28-27 deficit at half but couldn’t manage much more as the Big Green opened up a 52-42 lead with 9:50 remaining in regulation and held on from there. Penn shot 36.7% from the field and 30.3% from three-point range. Devon Goodman led the charge for the Quakers with 17 points, 1 rebound, 1, assists and two steals,
On the season, Penn is averaging 73.5 points per game on 44.9% shooting from the field and the Quakers are also netting 8,5 three pointers per game on 31.8% shooting from beyond the arc. AJ Broduer (17.1 ppg, 9.0 rpg. 4.9 apg), Jordan Dingle (14.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.4 apg) and Devon Goodman (13.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.3 apg) have been the offensive leaders for Penn this season..
Defensively, Penn is allowing their opponents to average 71.1 points per game on 42.0% shooting from the field. Penn has a rebound margin of -1.9 and a turnover margin of -0.7.
The Harvard Crimson have won three games in a row and improved to 17-7 (6-3 Ivy League) after defeating the Princeton Tigers, 61-60, this past Friday. It was a close game throughout that found Harvard coming out top late in the end on a strong offensive surge. Harvard shot 49.1% from the field and 35.7% from three-point range. Mason Forbes led the way for the Crimson with 11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 blocks.
On the season, Harvard has averaged 73.5 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Crimson have also averaged 7.4 three-pointers per game on 33;1% shooting from beyond the arc. Bryce Aiken (16.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg 1.7 apg), Noah Kirkwood (12.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.5 apg) and Chris Lewis (11.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.7 bpg) have been the offensive leaders on the season.
Defensively, Harvard is allowing their opponents to average 68.8 points per game on 40.9% shooting from the field.
Penn is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games and 6-4 ATS on the road this season. Harvard is 2-8 ATS in their past ten games and 3-5 ATS at home.
Despite struggling against the spread as of late, I think Harvard's defense will prove to be too much for Penn. I am taking Harvard to defend home court and cover the mid-level spread.