Quinnipiac vs. Yale - 11/14/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Yale Bulldogs (0-0) at Quinnipiac Bobcats (0-0)
College Basketball: Friday, November 14, 2014 at 5:30 pm (TD Bank Sports Center)
The Line: Quinnipiac Bobcats -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Yale Bulldogs and Quinnipiac Bobcats tip off Friday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center.
The Yale Bulldogs finished last season with a solid 19 wins and are now shooting for their first Ivy League title in over 10 years. Yale is led by one of the best Ivy League players in Justin Sears. Last season, Sears averaged 16.9 points on 51.7 percent shooting and grabbed 6.9 rebounds, making a strong case for conference POY. Yale also returns its other two best players in Javier Duren and Armani Cotton, a duo that produced a combined 22.1 points and 9.3 rebounds. This trio is experienced and gives Yale a fighting chance, especially on the defensive end where it allowed just 66.1 points last season. The Yale Bulldogs main challenge this season will be scoring depth as they struggled at times putting the ball in the hoop. Nick Victor is somebody who could take that next step in his third season.
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The Quinnipiac Bobcats made a statement last season with 20 wins in their first season in the MAAC. With a talented team returning, Quinnipiac hopes it can top that number this season. Quinnipiac will be led by two seniors in Zaid Hearst and Ousmane Drame, two players who averaged double-digit points and more than five rebounds. Drame was a double-double machine last season and looks to improve his shooting percentage from 49.2 percent. Despite losing its top player in Ike Azotam, Quinnipiac does get a major boost with the addition of Giovanni McLean, who originally committed to Oklahoma. McLean put up impressive numbers for Westchester Community College and should help keep the Bobcats numbers in the same area as last season. Quinnipiac was one of the top offensive teams in the country and ranked first in rebounding.
The Bulldogs are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
In a toss up game, I'm going with the team that has the better overall player, and that's Yale. Look for Justin Sears to have his finger prints all over this game and lead Yale to victory.