Loyola Greyhounds vs. Cornell Big Red - 11/16/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cornell Big Red (1-0) at Loyola Greyhounds (0-1)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Reitz Arena)
The Line: Loyola Greyhounds -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Cornell Big Red will travel to Reitz Arena to take the Loyola (MD) Greyhounds this Sunday afternoon.
The Cornell Big Red opened up the season with upset win this past Friday beating the George Mason Patriots 68-60. Coach Bill Courtney has to be thrilled with the performance of the Big Red to start the season as with the win over the Patriots, they are already only one win away from matching their total wins from last year in which they went 2-26. Cornell was led by Senior Guard, Devin Cherry (9.0 pts, 10 reb, 7 ast) Junior Forward Shonn Miller (21.0 pts, 13.0 reb), Sophomore Guard Robert Hatter (21.0 pts, 5 reb). Although the Big Red aren’t projected to do much this season and George Mason is certainly not the team they once were, Coach Courtney has to be pleased by the defensive effort his team put up on Friday night. The Big Red was able to hold George Mason to just 60 points while pulling down 40 defensive rebounds. Last season the Big Red was ranked near the bottom of the country (331st) by giving up 78.4 pts a game. Cornell isn’t projected to be much better from last year’s squad, however, if the Big Red can continue to play the defense they played Friday night and get the outside shooting they did from Hatter and Miller, Coach Courtney might be able to get a few more W’s in the win column this year.
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The Loyola (MD) Greyhounds and coach G.G. Smith wasn’t able to pull the win against his father, Tubby Smith, as the Texas Tech pulled away in the second half winning 71-59. The Greyhounds were led by Freshman Guard Andre Walker (stats) and Junior Guards Eric Laster (15.0 pts) and Jarred Jones (9.0 pts, 12 reb). Coach Smith lost his leading scorer Dylan Cormier from last year’s squad and will need to find production from his freshman class if they are going to want to complete this year. Loyola was able to stay in their game against Texas Tech with good three point shooting 47.4%, however, they weren’t as successful when they got closer to the basket as they were only about shoot 34.0% from the field.
The Big Red is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win. The Greyhounds are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. the Ivy League.
Both the Greyhounds and the Big Red aren’t projected to do much this year, and I’m certainly not going have my mind changed about the Big Red with their win to open the season. I’m probably staying away from this game, but if I was going to put something down, I would probably lean towards Loyola (MD) Greyhounds if the line isn't too large.