Harvard vs. Yale - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Yale Bulldogs (23-6) at Harvard Crimson (20-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Lavietes Pavilion)
The Line: Harvard Crimson +2 -- Over/Under: 139.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Yale Bulldogs (23-6, 11-2 Ivy) travel to Cambridge, MA to face the Harvard Crimson (20-8, 9-4 Ivy) in an Ivy League clash at Lavietes Pavilion. The last time these teams met on February 2, Harvard defeated Yale 78-77 as a 6-point road underdog.
Yale is 8-2 straight up and 4-6 against the spread in their last 10 games. Yale is 5-1 straight up and 4-2 against the spread in conference road games. On the road, Yale has scored 72.8 points per game and allowed 65.3 points per game to opponents, and the Bulldogs have shot 45.5% from the field, 35% from 3 and 72% from the free-throw line in road games this year.
Yale has won 5 in a row and 7 of their last 8, and the Bulldogs won their last game against Dartmouth 72-61 as a 7-point road favorite. Yale is ranked 57th by KenPom, with the 77th ranked offense and 58th ranked defense in the country. Yale is led by Junior forward Paul Atkinson, who averages 17.4 points and 7.4 rebounds, Junior guard Azar Swain, who averages 16.1 points and 4 rebounds, and Senior forward Jordan Bruner, who averages 11.1 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists.
Harvard is 7-3 straight up and 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games. Harvard is 5-1 straight up and 1-5 against the spread in conference home games. At home, Harvard has scored 71.5 points per game and surrenders 61.6 points per game to opponents, and the Crimson have shot 44.5% from the field, 30.5% from 3 and 71.3% from the free-throw line in those games.
Harvard had won 6 games in a row before the Crimson lost their last game against Brown 55-64 as 10 ½-point home favorites. Harvard is ranked 109th by KenPom, with the 138th ranked offense and 106th ranked defense in the country. Harvard is led by Sophomore guard Noah Kirkwood, who averages 12.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists, and Senior forward Chris Lewis, who averages 11.5 points and 6 rebounds per game.
Harvard is 7-3 straight up and 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 games versus Yale, and the over is 6-4 during that stretch. The over is 8-2 in the last 10 games for Harvard and 5-5 in the last 10 for Yale.
Harvard was able to sneak out of their last game against Yale with a 1-point road victory, and the Bulldogs will have revenge on their mind as they try to beat Harvard on their Senior Day. Yale has been really good this year in a conference Harvard has dominated the last few years, but I see the Crimson finding a way to win at home today. I’ll take Harvard.