Harvard Crimson vs. Brown Bears - 2/7/14
Brown Bears (11-7) at Harvard Crimson (17-3)
College Basketball: Friday, February 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Lavietes Pavilion)
The Line: Harvard Crimson -16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Brown and Harvard will square off Friday night in the first of two scheduled meetings between the Ivy League foes. Both teams are riding a three-game winning streak.
The Bears are a solid shooting team at 44.8 percent and 72.4 points per game, but this team relies heavily on its defense. They’re holding teams to 67.1 points on 39 percent shooting. Three of its last five opponents have been held under 60 points, including a decent shooting team in Columbia. In the Bears last five games, teams are shooting an even worse 37.3 percent and 26.7 percent from beyond the arc. Offensively, Sean McGonagill has made at least one three and scored in the double digits in every game this season.
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The Crimson will put that defense to the test with a shooting percentage of 46.3 and an average of 73.7 points. Harvard has scored at least 80 points in three straight games and is getting more consistent play from senior forward Laurent Rivard, who has scored at least 15 points in three consecutive contests. Defensively, the Crimson hold teams to 61.9 points on 41.8 percent shooting.
Brown hasn’t beaten Harvard straight up since March of 2009. The Bears are 4-3-1 against the spread this season, while the Crimson are 10-4 ATS. Harvard has been firing on all cylinders since the SU loss to FAU and I think that continues on its home court.
The Crimson are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games.
Give me the team that plays both sides of the ball at an elite level.