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Brown Bears vs. Harvard Crimson - 2/6/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Harvard Crimson (13-5) at Brown Bears (9-12)

College Basketball: Friday, February 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Pizzitola Sports Center)

The Line: Brown Bears +8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Harvard Crimson will travel to the Pizzitola Sports Center to take on the Brown Bears this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Harvard Crimson improved to 13-5 (3-1 Ivy) on the season after defeating the Pennsylvania Quakers, 63-38, this past Saturday. Harvard shot 49.0% from the field and 50.0% (4-8) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Crimson was Wesley Saunders who had 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists. Harvard is ranked 82nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 159th ranked SOS. On the season, the Crimson have been led by Wesley Saunders (15.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.1 apg) and Siyani Chambers (9.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 4.4 apg). Harvard is averaging 64.6 ppg (ranked 247th) on 44.2% shooting (ranked 135th). The Crimson are shooting 71.0% from the free-throw line (ranked 95th) and 31.9% from long-range (ranked 86th). Harvard is holding their opponents to an average of 56.9 ppg (ranked 13th) on 39.1% shooting (ranked 41st). The Crimson are averaging 25.17 total rpg (ranked 83rd) and have a rebound margin of 3.3 (ranked 82nd).

Brown Bears vs. Harvard Crimson - 2/6/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Brown Bears dropped to 9-12 (0-4 Ivy) on the season after being defeated by the Columbia Lions, 86-65, this past Saturday. Brown shot 40.8% from the field and 38.1% (8-21) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bears was Cedric Kuakumensah who had 13 points, 11 rebound, and 3 blocks. Brown is ranked 251st in the RPI Standings and has played the 221st ranked SOS. On the season, the Bears have been led by Leland King (14.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.6 apg) and Cedric Kuakumensah (10.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.6 bpg). Brown is averaging 66.1 ppg (ranked 205th) on 42.0% shooting (ranked 251st). The Bears are shooting 31.1% from beyond the arc (ranked 277th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.73 (ranked 312th).Brown is holding their opponents to an average of 68.9 ppg (ranked 246th) on 41.5% shooting (ranked 116th). The Bears are pulling down 37.14 total rpg (ranked 61st) and average 4.4 bpg (ranked 75th).

The Crimson are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. the Ivy League however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bears are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Harvard was once again supposed to blow through that Ivy League to gain another entry into March Madness, however have looked a bit more vulnerable this year than years past. Brown was projected to possibly win 20 games this year but have really struggled on both ends on the floor and currently are 3 games below .500. Harvard has looked impressive with recent wins at Princeton and at Penn and I feel that they are rounding into form just in time to continue to pile up conference wins. I think Harvard wins this one by double digits in this one. Take Harvard to cover. 

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Harvard Crimson -8.5

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