Pennsylvania vs. Cornell - 3/6/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Cornell Big Red (6-19) at Pennsylvania Quakers (14-11)
College Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Palestra)
The Line: Pennsylvania Quakers -13 -- Over/Under: 138 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Cornell Big Red (6-19, 3-9 Ivy) travels to Philadelphia, PA to take on the Pennsylvania Quakers (14-11, 6-6 Ivy) in an Ivy League match-up at The Palestra. The last time these teams played, Pennsylvania beat Cornell 79-73 as a 4 ½-point road favorite.
Cornell is 2-8 straight up and 4-6 against the spread in their last 10 games. Cornell is 0-5 straight up and 1-4 against the spread in conference road games this season. In road games, Cornell has averaged 63 points a game and allows 76.9 points per game to opponents, and the Big Red have shot 40% from the field, 29.5% from 3 and 70.3% from the free-throw line in those games.
Cornell has lost 6 of its last 7 games and they lost their last game to Harvard 58-67 as an 8-point home underdog. Cornell is ranked 284th by KenPom, with the 223rd ranked offense and 314th ranked defense in the country. Cornell is led by Junior forward Jimmy Boeheim, who averages 17.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, and Junior guard Terrance McBride, who averages 12.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game for the Big Red.
Pennsylvania is 6-4 straight up and 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 games. Pennsylvania is 3-2 both straight up and against the spread in conference home games this season. At home, Pennsylvania scores 74.1 points per game and surrenders 67.3 points per game to opponents, and the Quakers have shot 44.2% from the field, 31.5% from 3 and 69.1% from the free-throw line in those games.
Pennsylvania had lost 3 consecutive games before defeating Brown 73-68 as a 2-½-point road favorite. Pennsylvania is ranked 141st by KenPom, with the 171st ranked offense and 148th ranked defense in the nation. Pennsylvania is led by Senior forward AJ Brodeur, who averages 17 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game, and three other players who average double-digit scoring.
Pennsylvania is 9-1 straight up and 7-3 against the spread in the last 10 games between these schools, and the over is 7-3 during that stretch. The over is 6-4 in the last 10 games for Cornell and 5-5 in the last 10 games for Pennsylvania.
It’s hard to imagine Cornell being able to get a win in this game, and I don’t think they’ll be all that competitive with Pennsylvania here. I’ll lay the points with the Quakers.