Yale vs. Pennsylvania - 2/28/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Pennsylvania Quakers (13-10) at Yale Bulldogs (20-6)
College Basketball: Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm (John J. Lee Amphitheater)
The Line: Yale Bulldogs -9.5 -- Over/Under: 139.5
The Penn Quakers and the Yale Bulldogs meet in Ivy League college basketball action from the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Friday night.
The Penn Quakers will try to jump into the top-4, sitting a game on the outside looking in with a 5-5 conference record after back-to-back losses with a 69-65 loss to Harvard last time out. AJ Brodeur leads Penn with an average of 16.5 PPG, 9 RPG and 4.7 APG this season while Jordan Dingle has 14 PPG, Devon Goodman has 13.6 PPG and Ryan Betley has 12.4 PPG for the Quakers this season. As a team, Penn is averaging 73.1 points on 45% shooting from the field, 32.1% from 3-point range and 68.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71 points on 42.1% shooting from the field and 32.4% from 3-point range this season. Penn is 5-6 straight up and 7-4 against the spread on the road this season.
The Yale Bulldogs will try to stay alone atop the Ivy League standings, sitting at 8-2 in conference play after an 83-65 win over Columbia last time out. Paul Atkinson leads Yale in scoring with 17.5 PPG while Azar Swain has 16.8 PPG and Jordan Bruner has 11.3 PPG and a team-high 9.1 RPG this season. Eric Monroe is also dishing out a team-high 4.7 APG for the Bulldogs this season. As a team, Yale is averaging 77.2 points on 47.3% shooting from the field, 37% from 3-point range and 70.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 64.4 points on 38.7% shooting from the field and 30.1% from 3-point range this season. Yale is 8-1 straight up and 5-2 against the spread at home this season.
Head-to-head, the favorite is 17-5 in the last 22 meetings between these two teams and the home team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
I considered Penn and the points considering that the Quakers are running out of chances to get into the top half of the Ivy League and into the playoff spots as only the top 4 teams make it into the Ivy League tournament. However, Yale is looking more and more like the team to beat in the conference, and while Penn has talented players to keep things close early on, I just think that Yale ends up pulling away as the second half goes on, so I’ll lay the points with the Bulldogs in what should be a double-digit victory for Yale.