Yale Bulldogs vs. Harvard Crimson - 2/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Harvard Crimson (13-5) at Yale Bulldogs (15-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm (John J. Lee Amphitheater)
The Line: Yale Bulldogs -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Harvard Crimson will travel to the John J. Lee Amphitheater to take on the Yale Bulldogs this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Harvard Crimson improved to 14-5 (4-1 Ivy) on the season after defeating the Brown Bears, 76-74 (OT), this past Friday. Harvard shot 42.1% from the field and 36.4% (4-11) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Crimson was Wesley Saunders who had 33 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 steals. Harvard is ranked 80th 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 246th) on 44.2% shooting (ranked 137th). The Crimson average 12.9 apg (ranked 156th) and shoot 71.0% from the free-throw line (ranked 95th). Harvard is holding their opponents to an average of 56.9 ppg (ranked 13th) on 39.1% shooting (ranked 42nd). The Crimson average 25.17 defensive rpg (ranked 82nd) and have a 3.3 rebound margin (ranked 82nd).
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The Yale Bulldogs improved to 16-6 (5-0 Ivy) on the season after defeating the Dartmouth Big Green, 81-66, this past Friday. Yale shot 51.1% from the field and 61.9% (13-21) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Justin Sears who had 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. Yale is ranked 55th in the RPI Standings and has played the 125th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bulldogs have been led by Justin Sears (14.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.5 bpg) and Javier Duren (14.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.1 apg). Yale is averaging 69.4 ppg (ranked 130th) on 44.0% shooting (ranked 145th). The Bulldogs are average 6.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 120th) on 35.9% three-point shooting (ranked 105th). Yale is holding their opponents to an average of 62.4 ppg (ranked 83rd) on 41.9% shooting (ranked 139th). The Bulldogs pull down 36.9 total rpg (ranked 67th) and have a rebound margin of 6.6 (ranked 20th).
The Crimson are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 Saturday games however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bulldogs are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
Harvard was able to escape the Brown Bears Friday night in overtime while Yale extended their winning streak to 6 games and remained a perfect 5-0 in the Ivy League this season. This will be the best game of the year in the Ivy League so far as Yale will try to prove to everyone that they are the team to beat, not Harvard. Harvard does have the best player in the conference in Wesley Saunders, however, Yale seems to be the better team up to this point and I think they'll the big win at home. The line isn't posted as of yet, however, I imagine it will be a pretty close line and unless Harvard is getting 5+ points, I'm taking the Bulldogs.