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Cornell vs. Harvard - 3/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Harvard at Cornell
Date & Time Friday March 8, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Newman Arena
Ithaca, New York
The Line
The Line: Cornell +6.5 -- Over/Under: 136.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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NCAA BB | Harvard at Cornell
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The Harvard Crimson and Cornell Big Red meet Friday in college basketball action at the Newman Arena.

The Harvard Crimson look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Harvard Crimson are averaging 71 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 68.9 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Chris Lewis is averaging 11 points and 4.4 rebounds while Noah Kirkwood is averaging 10.4 points and 1.6 assists. Justin Bassey is the third double-digit scorer and Danilo Djuricic is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Harvard Crimson are shooting 38.3 percent from beyond the arc and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. The Harvard Crimson are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game. The Harvard Crimson have won four of their last five road games.

The Cornell Big Red could use a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Cornell Big Red are averaging 67.7 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 73 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Matt Morgan is averaging 22.3 points and 2.8 assists while Jimmy Boeheim is averaging 11 points and 3.2 rebounds. Josh Warren is the third double-digit scorer and Terrance McBride is grabbing two rebounds. The Cornell Big Red are shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The Cornell Big Red are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.5 rebounds per game. The Cornell Big Red have won five of their last seven home games.

The Crimson are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 32-13-2 ATS in their last 47 vs. Ivy League and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Big Red are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. Ivy League, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Crimson are 0-3-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Cornell and the home team is 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Big Red last 7 overall. The over is 16-5 in Crimson last 21 road games.

Cornell beat Harvard on the road this season by six points despite being 10-point underdogs. The problem is Harvard is been head and shoulders the more consistent team and has had no problem winning and covering on the road this season. The Cornell Big Red are just 3-6 ATS at home this season and 4-9 ATS when an underdog of five or more points. Cornell is also shooting just 39.9 percent from the field while losing by an average of 16 points during their five-game losing streak. I have to eat the reasonable chalk with Harvard on the road.

Pick:
Harvard -6.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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