Cornell vs Pennsylvania Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/1/24

Pennsylvania (10-16) vs Cornell (20-5)

Game Info: Friday, March 1, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Palestra)

Betting Odds: Pennsylvania -4.5 - Over/Under: 158.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cornell Big Red will travel to Philadelphia to face the Penn Quakers in Ivy League play this Friday from the Palestra on ESPN+. Cornell comes in as 4.5-point road favorites, with the total hovering 158.5. Stay tuned for our Cornell vs Penn Prediction.  

Cornell Rundown: Can the Big Red Bounce Back?

Cornell comes in at 20-5 after losing to Brown in Ithaca, 78-74. The Big Red were edged out at home by the Bears, and they’ll attempt to move back into first place this Friday in Philly. Cornell is scoring 82.4 points per game, on 49.2% shooting, while allowing 78.4 ppg, and they’re currently second in the Ivy League with a 9-2 record in conference play. 

Cornell’s X-Factors 

  • Veteran guard Chris Manon came thru with a game-high 25 points in the Dartmouth victory,  and he leads Cornell in scoring (12.6), while grabbing 4.0 rpg.
  • Third-year guard Nazir Williams has scored 14 points or more in four of the last five games,  and he’s second on the team at 11.2 ppg. 
  • Junior forward Guy Ragland Jr. leads the Big Red in rebounding (5.0), while scoring 8.8 ppg.  

Pennsylvania Rundown: Will the Quakers Play Spoiler?

Penn dropped to 10-16 after losing to Harvard in Allston by four, 74-70. The Quakers had their rally cut short by the Crimson, and they’ll attempt to come the as home underdogs here against the Big Red. Penn is scoring 73.3 points per game, on 44.4% shooting, while allowing 71.9 ppg, and they’re currently 7th in the Ivy League with a 2-9 record in conference play.

Penn’s X-Factors

  • Senior guard Clark Slajchert has hit the 20-point mark in two of the previous three games, and he leads Penn in scoring (17.4). 
  • Freshman guard Tyler Perkins scored 17 points in the Harvard defeat, and he’s averaging 14.0 ppg and 5.5 rpg.  
  • Junior big Nick Spinoso posted an 18-point double-double versus the Crimson, and he leads the Quakers in rebounding (7.7) and assists (3.5), while scoring 10.2 ppg. 

Cornell vs Pennsylvania Trends

  • Penn leads the current series, 104-43, but Cornell won this year’s meeting in Ithaca back in January, 77-60. 
  • CORN is 10-12-1 against the spread, with a 13-10 over/under record
  • The Big Red are 8-2 over their last ten games, and they’re 8-4 on the road this season. 
  • PENN is 9-15 against the spread, with a 12-12 O/U record
  • The Quakers are 1-9 over their previous ten games, and they’re 8-4 in Philly this season. 

Cornell vs Penn Prediction

Another one bit the dust for Penn last weekend, and it summed up their season in full. The Quakers have been able to compete at full strength, but they just haven’t been able to keep pace with the top teams in the Ivy League, and that trend may continue when Cornell comes to town. The Big Red enter on the heels of an upset loss to Brown, and they now find themselves in a three-way tie atop the conference with Yale and Princeton. If Cornell wants to raise the regular season crown, a strong finish is needed, and I think they answer the call against a struggling Penn team. Move the number and back Cornell this Friday in Philly.

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