Yale at Harvard: 2/9/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Yale at Harvard: 2/9/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Harvard Crimson (11-8) vs Yale Bulldogs (12-9)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Lavietes Pavilion)

Betting Odds: Harvard Crimson -1 -- Over/Under: 140.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Yale Bulldogs and Harvard Crimson face off on Wednesday in a college basketball showdown at the Lavietes Pavilion. When these two teams faced off on February 5th it was Yale that won 58-55. 

Harvard outscored Yale 41-31 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as they were defeated by 10 points. Azar Swain was the top player for Yale in that game scoring 19 points and four rebounds. Guard Noah Kirkwood was the top player for Harvard scoring 21 points and grabbing seven rebounds. 

Yale comes into this game with a 12-9 record overall and they have gone 7-13 against the spread. Yale has won two games in a row, but in the second half of each of the games they have struggled. In the last game, Yale gave up 72.9 points while their defense is giving up 70.1 points per game. Amar Swain has been the best player for Yale averaging 19.7 points while shooting 41.2 percent from the field. In this game, Yale needs to play a complete game and not struggle with the defense in the second half. 

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On the other side of this matchup is the Harvard Crimson who sit with an 11-8 record and they have gone 7-9 against the spread. The Crimson have lost three of their last four games, including that last game against Yale. Harvard is averaging 73.3 points while their defense is giving up 68.6 points per game. Noah Kirkwood has been the top player for Harvard so far this season averaging 17.8 points while shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 33 percent from behind the three point line. 

Harvard is 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games. The under is 8-2 in Crimson’s 10 games played on Wednesday. The over is 4-1 in Yale’s last five games following an against the spread loss. 

I don’t think Harvard is going to struggle to score in the first half, and that is going to be the difference in this game. Look for Harvard to find plenty of success, and that will be the difference as Harvard gets the job done. Back the Crimson against the spread. 

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