Yale Bulldogs vs. Harvard Crimson - 3/7/14
Harvard Crimson (24-4) at Yale Bulldogs (15-11)
College Basketball: Friday, March 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm (John J. Lee Amphitheater)
The Line: Yale Bulldogs +6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Yale Bulldogs still have an outside shot of winning the Ivy League, but it will start with a home victory over the Harvard Crimson. These teams played on February 8, and the Bulldogs won 74-67.
That was the last loss the Crimson suffered, as they’ve now won six straight games. During their winning streak, they’re averaging 72.2 points on 52.7 percent shooting and are allowing 49.6 points on 38.3 percent shooting. They’re also shooting above 45 percent from beyond the arc. Senior guard Laurent Rivard is coming off a 21-point performance in which he shot 6-8 from three. On the road, the Crimson average 71.8 points and allow 63.2 points. They are 15-7 ATS overall and 10-4 ATS on the road.
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Since the victory, the Bulldogs have won four of their last six games. During their streak, they’re averaging 62 points on 40.1 percent shooting and have allowed 62.4 points on 40 percent shooting. The Bulldogs have not allowed a team to score at least 70 points in 10 straight games. Offensively, though, the struggles remain, as they’ve been held under 50 points scoring twice in their last three matchups. At home, the Bulldogs average 68.1 points and allow 63 points. They are 10-6 ATS overall and 4-1 ATS at home.
This is a tough game to cap because you have to factor in what Yale is playing for. There’s still a chance the Bulldogs could earn an automatic bid if they win this game. However, Harvard has won four of the last five games against Yale and is firing on all cylinders at the moment. The Crimson are also 5-0 ATS in their last five games, while the road team is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these two teams.
Yale has covered in six of its last seven home games, but I’m not sure it has the offense to keep up with Harvard.
I’ll take the Crimson and the chalk.