Check out our free Harvard vs Brown pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Providence. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Harvard vs Brown Pick & Preview: Friday, January 6th Betting Odds
Crimson vs Bears Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Harvard Crimson at Brown Bears
- Where: Providence at Pizzitola Sports Center
- Date: Friday, January 6th
- Betting Odds: Harvard +1.5, HARVRD +103 | BROWN -126 O/U 126.5
Heading into today’s matchup vs Brown, the Harvard Crimson will be taking the floor for the 16th time this season and have an overall record of 9-6. On the road, the Crimson will be playing their 9th game of the season, having gone 6-3. So far, the Crimson have been the underdog 7 times, going 2-5 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 19.47 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 gameplan is the play of Chisom Okpara who has hit 48.6% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 8.6 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 that 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.
Brown will take the floor against the Crimson with an overall record of 7-7. So far this season, Brown has played 6 games at home, sitting with a record of 3-3. The Bears’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1.5 points in their favor. For the season, Brown has been favored to win in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 5-0.
Brown will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Kino Lilly Jr. who is averaging 15.86 points per game for the Bears. Jr. 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 Bears’ offensive gameplan is the play of Paxson Wojcik who has hit 40.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.07 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Brown this season, as they are currently ranked 206th in college basketball at 71.0 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Bears’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.3%, placing them 395th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Harvard Crimson +1.5
After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Brown as the favorites with a line coming in at -1.5. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Harvard Crimson to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Brown at 7.21 made 3’s per game compared to Harvard at 8.5. Look for Harvard to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Bears.
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