Harvard Crimson vs. Cornell Big Red - 2/28/14
Cornell Big Red (2-22) at Harvard Crimson (22-4)
College Basketball: Friday, February 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Lavietes Pavilion)
The Line: Harvard Crimson -25 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Harvard Crimson should have no problem extending their winning streak to five games when they host the Cornell Big Red on Friday. These teams played a little less than two weeks ago, and Harvard won 67-44.
We know this has been a dreadful season for the Big Red, as they’re just 2-22 on the season and 1-9 in conference play. They’re shooting 41.2 percent from the field, averaging less than 65 points per game and allow 79.2 points on the defensive side of the ball. There’s really nothing else to say other than the fact they can’t wait for the season to end. On the road they average 61.1 points and allow 79.9 points. They are 9-7-1 ATS overall and 6-4-1 ATS on the road.
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The Crimson have won eight of their last nine games and are searching for an Ivy League title. In just their last five games, they’re shooting 47.1 percent from the field and averaging 72.8 points, while the defense is allowing 62.4 points on 43.3 percent shooting. At home, those percentages fly through the roof, as they average 72.3 points and allow just 58.7 points. They are 9-1 SU at home, 13-7 ATS overall and 3-3 ATS on their home court.
This is the biggest mismatch in Ivy League play that you’re going to see all season. However, a spread of 25 or so points is way too much for my taste. We’re talking about a Harvard team that lost to FAU and just beat Princeton by only 12 points. Granted, both games were on the road, but the Crimson aren’t the Florida Gators we’re talking about here.
Cornell may be terrible, but it is 2-1 ATS this season when the spread is above 20 points. Harvard hasn’t played in a single game this season with a spread higher than 17 points.
This is either backing the Big Red or a no play. Simply asking a team to win by nearly 30 points is a bit much and screams a back door cover.