Harvard vs. Yale - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Yale Bulldogs (22-6) at Harvard Crimson (20-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Lavietes Pavilion)
The Line: Harvard Crimson +2 -- Over/Under: 137
The Yale Bulldogs and the Harvard Crimson meet in college basketball action from Lavietes Pavilion on Saturday.
Yale comes into this game at 23-6 overall. Since their last loss to Penn back on February 15, Yale has won five straight games, taking out Cornell, Columbia, Penn, Princeton and Dartmouth in succession.
In the Friday win over Dartmouth, Yale’s leading scorer was Eric Monroe with 15 points, three rebounds and one assist. Jordan Bruner added 11 rebounds there, and both Azar Swain and Paul Atkinson posted 14 points, five rebounds and one assist apiece for Yale in the victory.
Over on the Harvard side, they’re 20-8 so far. Harvard had a six-game win streak going versus Cornell, Columbia, Princeton, Penn, Columbia and Cornell but fell to Brown in their last appearance.
In the loss to Brown Friday, Harvard’s leading scorer was Noah Kirkwood with 14 points and three rebounds. Chris Lewis added 13 points with six rebounds and two blocks there, and Idan Tretout had 11 points, three assists and four rebounds.
Harvard is 1-4 ATS in their last five overall and 1-5 ATS in their last six home games. Harvard is also 1-7 ATS in their last eight Saturday games and the under is 3-1-1 in their last five Saturday games.
Meanwhile, Yale is 15-5 ATS in their last 20 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five overall. Yale is also 1-4 ATS in their last five games versus a team with a wining straight-up record and the over is 10-2 in their last 12 overall.
Yale is looking pretty solid right now. During this five-game win streak, the Bulldogs have been at 72 or above four times. Defensively Yale has been pretty hit and miss depending on the matchup but they’ve pulled out some gutsy victories over the last few weeks.
As for Harvard, they hung with Brown for the first half in their last outing but really couldn’t gain any traction. The Crimson had been playing pretty well in their win streak, and similarly to Yale with a few close calls. All things considered, this should be a pretty great matchup, and I’m leaning toward Yale to eke one out.