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Cornell vs Harvard Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds

Big Red vs Crimson Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Cornell Big Red at Harvard Crimson
  • Where: Cambridge at Lavietes Pavilion
  • Date: Saturday, January 21st
  • Betting Odds: Cornell -1.5, CORNEL -127 | HARVRD +103 O/U 145.5

Big Red Preview:

The Cornell Big Red head into today’s game in what will be their 19th game of the season, posting a record of 14-4. So far, the Big Red have played 9 games on the road, with a record of 6-3. This season, Cornell has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 10-1. For today’s contest, Cornell has a betting line set -1.5 points in their favor.

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Cornell’s leading scorer this season is Greg Dolan, who is averaging 13.0 points per contest. So far, Dolan has accounted for 15.31% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.78 rebounds per game and 4.06 assists. Nazir Williams is the second leading scorer for the Big Red, averaging 12.39 points per game. Between him and Williams, they are accounting for 29.9% of the team’s scoring.

Cornell comes into today’s matchup vs Harvard, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.2 points per game. Through 18 games, they have hit 46.7% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Big Red have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 241st in possessions per game.

Crimson Preview:

The Harvard Crimson head into today’s game in what will be their 20th game of the season, posting a record of 11-8. Currently, the Crimson have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 4-4. So far, the Crimson have been the underdog 8 times, going 2-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1.5 underdogs on the spread.

Harvard will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Chris Ledlum who is averaging 18.84 points per game for the Crimson. Ledlum is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Crimson’s offensive game plan is the play of Chisom Okpara who has hit 46.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 7.68 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Harvard this season, as they are currently ranked 185th in college basketball at 71.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Crimson’s 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.9%, placing them 329th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Harvard Crimson +1.5

A key to this matchup, will be 3-point shooting. Coming into the game, both Cornell and Harvard are excellent 3-point shooting teams, averaging 9.65 and 8.5 made 3’s per game, respectively. In terms of the odds, we like the Harvard Crimson to cover as +1.5 point dogs. Look for their defense to do a good enough job closing out on the Big Red’s outside shooters to make things difficult for Cornell. At +1.5 we like the chances of Harvard covering the spread as underdogs.

 


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