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Auburn vs. Cornell - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cornell Big Red (5-6) at Auburn Tigers (11-1)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Auburn Arena)

The Line: Auburn Tigers -22.5 -- Over/Under: 163.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SEC

We have some non-conference college basketball action on tap as the Cornell Big Red take on the Auburn Tigers on Saturday afternoon. 

The Cornell Big Red will try to rebound from back-to-back losses after falling to Delaware in overtime by a final score of 97-96 in their last outing. Stone Gettings led the team with 39 points on 16 of 21 shooting with a 7 for 8 mark from downtown with 4 assists, while Matt Morgan added 34 points on 8 of 22 shooting with 5 threes and a 13 for 15 mark from the foul line to go along with team-highs of 11 rebounds, 7 assists and a pair of steals, finishing as the lone pair of Cornell players in double figures scoring in the loss. Steven Julian chipped in 7 points, 9 rebounds, a pair of steals and 3 blocks, while Joel Davis added a pair of steals and Jack Gordon chipped in 9 points with 5 assists. Morgan leads Cornell with an average of 25.3 points and 3.5 assists per game, while Julian is the team’s top rebounder with 7.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Cornell is scoring 75.7 points on 46% shooting from the field, 33% from behind the 3-point line and 71.2% from the foul line this season.

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Auburn vs. Cornell - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Auburn Tigers will look to build on their current 9 game winning streak after improving to 11-1 this season thanks to an 89-64 victory over UCONN last time out. DeSean Murray and Mustapha Heron tied for the team lead with 13 points apiece, with Murray going 4 of 7 with 6 boards, while Heron added 7 rebounds. Malik Dunbar added 12 points, while Jared Harper added 11 points and a team-high 7 assists. Davion Mitchell added 10 points and 4 assists in just 15 minutes on the floor. Horace Spencer added 9 points with a team-high 10 rebounds, a pair of steals and 3 blocks. Heron leads the team in scoring with 15.6 points per game, while Murray leads in rebounding with 7.7 rebounds per game and Harper leads the way in assists with 5.4 helpers per game this season. As a team, Auburn is scoring 85.8 points per game on 45.6% shooting from the field, 37.9% from behind the arc and 77.1% from the foul line this season.

Cornell is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Auburn is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games while the over is 18-6 in their last 24 games overall. 

I’d really like to take Cornell and the points here, but the problem is that the only top-tier talent the Big Red played this season ended as a 32-point loss to Syracuse. Losses of 20, 11 and 18 to UMASS-Lowell, Colgate and Northeastern will do wonders for your ability to fade a team in situations like this. This is easily the best Auburn team we’ve seen in a while, and the Tigers will use this as a tuneup to get ready for SEC play, so I’ll lay the points with Auburn here.

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