Cornell vs. Harvard - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Harvard Crimson (18-7) at Cornell Big Red (6-17)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Newman Arena at Bartels Hall)
The Line: Cornell Big Red +9 -- Over/Under:
The Harvard Crimson and the Cornell Big Red meet in college basketball action from Newman Arena on Saturday.
Harvard comes into this one at 19-7 overall. It’s been a nice five-game win streak for Harvard, as they’ve taken out Cornell, Columbia, Princeton, Penn and Columbia again in that stretch.
In the win over Columbia, Harvard’s top scorer was Rio Haskett with 19 points and one rebound. Justin Bassey posted a double-double there with 12 points, 11 rebounds and one assist, and Chris Lewis added 10 points with five rebounds and one assist.
Over on the Cornell side, they’re sitting at 6-18 this year. After a four-game losing streak versus Penn, Harvard, Dartmouth and Yale, Cornell got a win over Brown but they were back in the loss column versus Dartmouth on Friday.
In the loss to Dartmouth, Cornell’s leading scorer was Terrance McBride with 20 points, four assists and two rebounds. Bryan Knapp added 17 points with three assists and two rebounds in that one, and Kobe Dickson had 10 points with five rebounds.
Cornell is 4-1 ATS in their last five Saturday games and the under is 16-5 in their last 21 Saturday games. Cornell is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 home games versus a team with a winning road record.
Meanwhile, Harvard is 0-7 ATS in their last seven Saturday games and 31-13-1 ATS in their last 45 road games versus a team with a winning home record. The over is 21-6-2 in Harvard’s last 29 road games versus a team with a winning home record and they’re 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
Harvard has been on a nice run over their last five games, and though there have been a couple of close calls mixed in there, the Crimson have found ways to bang out victories as the games wind down.
As for Cornell, they’ve had some nice points totals lately but are simply giving away too much on the other side to be able to keep up. Considering Harvard won 85-63 the last time these teams played, I don’t see Cornell making much of an impression here. I’m going Harvard.