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Penn vs Cornell Pick & Preview: Friday, January 6th Betting Odds
Quakers vs Big Red Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Penn Quakers at Cornell Big Red
- Where: Ithaca at Newman Arena
- Date: Friday, January 6th
- Betting Odds: Penn +3.5, PENN +143 | CORNEL -179 O/U 155.5
The Penn will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 3 game win streak and have an overall record of 8-7. On the road, the Quakers will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 3-4. So far, the Quakers have been the underdog 7 times, going 2-5 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3.5 underdogs on the spread.
Penn will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jordan Dingle who is averaging 23.77 points per game for the Quakers. Dingle 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 Quakers’ offensive gameplan is the play of Clark Slajchert who has hit 48.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 18.0 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Penn this season, as they are currently ranked 170th in college basketball at 72.0 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 Quakers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.5%, placing them 285th in the NCAA.
Big Red Preview:
The Cornell Big Red will be looking to pick up their 15th win of the season and are in the middle of a 4 game win streak. So far this season, Cornell has played 6 games at home, sitting with a record of 6-0. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Big Red as the -3.5 point favorites. The Big Red have been favored 7 times, going 7-0 straight up.
Cornell will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Greg Dolan who is averaging 13.93 points per game for the Big Red. Dolan 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 Big Red’s offensive gameplan is the play of Nazir Williams who has hit 47.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.36 points per game.
Cornell comes into today’s matchup vs Penn, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.2 points per game. Through 14 games, they have hit 46.7% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Big Red’s have prefered to slow the game down, ranking 241st in possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: Cornell Big Red -3.5
Heading into this matchup, with the Cornell Big Red sitting as -3.5 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as Cornell and Penn are averaging 9.65 and 8.07 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Cornell has historically performed well against the spread at home, going 8-2 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Big Red to cover at -3.5.
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