Harvard vs. Florida Atlantic - 11/20/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Atlantic Owls (1-1) at Harvard Crimson (1-1)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Lavietes Pavilion)
The Line: Harvard Crimson -16.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Florida Atlantic Owls and Harvard Crimson play Thursday night at the Lavietes Pavilion.
The Florida Atlantic Owls split their first two games with a loss to Elon and a win over Warner Southern. On the season, FAU is averaging 66 points on 43.6 percent shooting and is allowing 56.5 points on 38.1 percent shooting. Jackson Trapp leads the Owls with 14 points on 50 percent shooting and Justin Raffington is averaging 12.5 points and 10 rebounds. Trapp and Raffington arethe two experienced players on a very young team and will have to continue producing at a high level if FAU is going to accomplish anything this season. D'Andre Johnson and Justin Massey are a combined 6-9 from downtown, giving the Owls a much needed spark from beyond the arc. Overall, Florida Atlantic needs to clean up its 16 turnovers and under 68 percent free throw shooting if it hopes to survive in the C-USA.
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The Harvard Crimson also split their first two games with a win over MIT and a loss to Holy Cross. On the season, Harvard is averaging 65 points on 49.5 percent shooting and is allowing 55 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Wesley Saunders is Harvard’s go-to guy offensively with an average of 19.5 points on 56.5 percent shooting, and Siyani Chambers leads the way with five assists and eight points. Jonah Travis is averaging 8.5 points and Steve Moundou-Missi is 7-15 from the field in the first two games. The Harvard Crimson are as balanced of a team as they come in the Ivy League and is extremely experienced and smart. Harvard is the favorite to win its conference and make yet another trip to the NCAA tournament.
The Owls are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Crimson are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
FAU does not have the answers offensively or defensively to compete with Harvard. And besides, the Crimson have been making us money for the longest time by covering the number tons of times. No reason why that should change. Give me Harvard in a blowout.