Cornell Big Red vs. Brown Bears 1/30/15 - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Brown Bears (9-10) at Cornell Big Red (9-9)
College Basketball: Friday, January 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Newman Arena)
The Line: Cornell Big Red +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Cornell Big Red take the floor with Ivy League rival the Brown Bears at Newman Arena Friday night.
The Brown Bears were a solid Ivy League squad a season ago but lost a few pieces which makes this team something of an unknown. The Bears need a boost at both ends of the floor as they are outscored 69-67 so the most pressing need is defense. They needed a little of everything in a 69-65 loss at Yale as a six point halftime lead disappeared under the Bulldogs 44 point explosion over the final 20 minutes. The visitors never got going offensively at 36.7% with a 3-18 mark on threes sticking out while Yale's 42.6% marksmanship carried the day. Rafael Maia paced the offense with 18 points and nine boards on 5-6 shooting followed by a 17 point, eight pull effort from Steven Spieth. Tavon Blackmon netted 15 points while JR Hobbie chipped in with seven points.
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The Cornell Big Red prefer the flow half court sets with the goal of keeping the scoreboard from getting out of hand because they outscor opposing teams 64-60 so shootouts are to be avoided at all costs. That means their 57-47 victory at Columbia was exactly the type of pace this team likes with a 30-22 second half evening their conference record 1-1. The Lions were limited to under 33% shooting which made the Big Red's 45% a decisive number as it resulted in five more baskets in an otherwise even boxscore. Shonn Miller led all scorers with 18 points and nine rebounds on 7-15 from the field while Galal Cancer tossed in 16 points on 7-12 accuracy. Devin Cherry chipped in with nine points but the rest of the team managed just 14 points which was okay in this circumstance.
The Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Brown are 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 vs. Ivy League and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Big Red are 7-1-2 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game. Cornell are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS win and 1-3-2 ATS in their last 6 vs. Ivy League. No line out yet but the trends point to Cornell pending injuries...