Princeton vs Pennsylvania Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/9/24

Pennsylvania (11-17) vs Princeton (23-3)

Game Info: Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 6:00 pm (Palestra)

Betting Odds: Pennsylvania +6.5 - Over/Under: 141.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Princeton Tigers will travel to Philadelphia to face the Pennsylvania Quakers in Ivy League play this Saturday from the Palestra on ESPN+. Princeton comes in as 6.5-point road favorites, with the total hovering 141.5. Stay tuned for our Princeton vs Penn Prediction. 

Princeton Rundown: Can the Tigers Clinch the Conference Crown?

Princeton jumped to 23-3 after defeating Cornell at home by two, 79-77. The Tigers and Big Red added to their series history with a contested battle, and they’ll seek a 9th straight win here in Philly. Princeton is scoring 76.5 points per game, on 46.3% shooting, while allowing 64.9 ppg, and they’re currently first in the Ivy League with a 10-2 record in conference play.

Princeton’s X-Factors 

  • Sophomore guard Xaivian Lee went for a game-high 22 points in the win over Penn, and he leads Princeton in scoring (18.1).
  • Second-year forward Caden Pierce has grabbed 11 rebounds in four of the last five games,  and he leads the Tigers in rebounding (9.5), while chipping in 15.0 ppg. 
  • Veteran guard Matt Allocco led the way with 25 points in the road win over Dartmouth, and he’s third on the team at 12.6 ppg.  

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Pennsylvania Rundown: Quakers With a Shot to Shake Up the Standings

Penn moved to 11-17 after defeating Columbia at home, 84-72. The Quakers used a fast start to down 10-16 after losing to down the Lions, and they’ll attempt to cone thru as home underdogs here against Princeton. 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. 

Princeton vs Pennsylvania Trends

  • Princeton leads the current series, 86-66, but Cornell won this year’s meeting in Ithaca back in January, 77-60. 
  • PRIN is 13-11 against the spread, with a 8-13-3 over/under record
  • The Big Red are 8-2 over their last ten games, and they’re 10-3 on the road this season. 
  • PENN is 10-18 against the spread, with a 14-12 O/U record
  • The Quakers are 2-8 over their previous ten games, and they’re 9-5 in Philly this season. 

Princeton vs Penn Prediction

Princeton is 40 strong minutes away from lifting the regular season conference crown, and I don’t think they’ll sell themselves short here Philly. Penn’s dealt with the injury bug this season, and while they find a way to keep things close, the Tigers aren’t going to blow their place atop the league standings. Penn’s in the ultimate spoiler spot, so let’s tilt Princeton’s margin for safety

Corey’s Pick Princeton TO WIN

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