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Princeton Tigers vs. Harvard Crimson 1/30/15 - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Harvard Crimson (11-5) at Princeton Tigers (7-9)

College Basketball: Friday, January 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm (L. Stockwell Jadwin Gymnasium)

The Line: Princeton Tigers +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The Harvard Crimson will travel to the Jadwin Gymnasium this Friday night to take on the Princeton Tigers in college basketball action.

The Harvard Crimson dropped to 11-5 (1-1 Ivy) on the season after being defeated by the Dartmouth Big Green, 70-61, this past Saturday. Harvard struggled offensively as they shot only 39.2% from the field and committed 18 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way from the Crimson was Wesley Saunders who had 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Harvard is ranked 83rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 109th ranked SOS. On the season, the Crimson has been led by Wesley Saunders (15.6 ppg, 3.8 apg, 2.1 spg) and Siyani Chambers (9.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.3 spg). Offensively, Harvard is averaging 64.0 ppg (ranked 259th) on 43.8% shooting (ranked 153rd). The Crimson average just 4.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 294th) and have a 0.93 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 219th). Defensively, Harvard is holding their opponents to an average of 57.2 ppg (ranked 13th) on 39.0% shooting (ranked 39th). The Crimson average 7.8 spg (ranked 47th) and commit an average of 15.9 fouls per game (ranked 34th).

Princeton Tigers vs. Harvard Crimson 1/30/15 -  College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Princeton Tigers won their 3rd straight game and improved to 8-9 (1-0 Ivy) on the season after defeating the Rowan Profs, 96-48, this past Sunday. Princeton shot 55.7% from the field and 45.7% (16-35) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was Aaron Young who had 15 points (5-6 3PM-A) off the bench. Princeton is ranked 279th in the RPI Standings and has played the 301st ranked SOS. On the season, the Tigers have been led by Spencer Weisz (13.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.9 apg) and Hans Brase (12.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.7 apg).  Offensively, Princeton is averaging 68.6 ppg (ranked 145th) on 44.5% shooting (ranked 119th). The Tigers average 9.3 three-pointers per game (ranked 9th) on 38.4% three-point shooting (ranked 37th). Defensively, Princeton is allowing their opponents to average 65.8 ppg (ranked 168th) on 43.7% shooting (ranked 233rd). The Tigers grab just 30.35 total rpg (ranked 326th) and have a rebound margin of -3.1 (ranked 294th).

The Crimson are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Tigers are 35-16 ATS in their last 51 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 however, just 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall.

Harvard was favored to cruise through the Ivy League once again, however, dropped a surprising game against Dartmouth this past weekend. Although Harvard has two of the best players in the Ivy League in Wesley Saunders and Siyani Chambers, the Crimson have been struggling finding offensive from someone other than Saunders. Princeton is on a nice little winning streak here, however, they rely heavily on the three-pointer which Harvard does defend well. I think the Dartmouth game was a wake-up call for Harvard and that they’ll pull away in the second half in this one to cover the spread. Take Harvard to cover.

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