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Cornell vs. Penn - 2/1/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Penn at Cornell
Date & Time Friday February 1, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST)
Location
Newman Arena at Bartels Hall
Ithaca, NY
The Line
Penn Quakers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 138
TV Channel
ESPNU
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The Penn Quakers and the Cornell Big Red meet in Ivy League college basketball action from the Newman Arena at Bartels Hall on Friday evening.

The Penn Quakers will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 78-70 win over St. Joseph’s in their last outing. Bryce Washington led the Quakers with 23 points on 8 of 14 shooting with 6 threes, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and a pair of steals for the double-double while AJ Brodeur added 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in the win. Jake Silpe added 13 points with 3 threes and Michael Wang chipped in 12 points with 6 rebounds to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for Penn in the victory. Devon Goodman contributed 7 points with a team-high 6 assists while Antonio Woods had 4 helpers as well in the win. Brodeur leads Penn with an average of 15.3 points, 8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Penn is averaging 74.7 points per game on 46% shooting from the field, 36.7% from behind the 3-point line and 62.9% from the foul line this season.

The Cornell Big Red will look to rebound after a 73-70 loss to Columbia in their last outing, snapping a 3-game winning streak. Jimmy Boeheim led the Big Red with 22 points on 8 of 15 shooting with a pair of threes while Matt Morgan added 21 points with 2 triples, a 7 of 8 mark from the foul line and 3 assists as the only other Cornell player to score in double figures in the loss. Josh Warren added 9 points with team-highs of 8 rebounds and 4 assists while Steven Julian had 7 points and 3 steals. Morgan leads Cornell in scoring with 23.3 points per game while Julian leads the Big Red in rebounding with 6.6 rebounds per game and Warren leads the Big Reed in assists with 3.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Cornell is averaging 69.1 points per game on 44% shooting from the field, 33.6% from behind the 3-point line and 69.4% from the foul line this season.

Penn is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a win and 16-33-2 ATS in their last 51 Friday games while the under is 8-1 in their last 9 road games. Cornell is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a loss. Penn is 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams and 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams at Cornell.

Laying points on the road is a tricky proposition, and it just seems even more weird laying them in Ivy League play where it seems like most of the teams are strong at home. However, Penn has had the majority of the success as of late between these two teams, both overall and at Cornell, and to be honest, it’s not like being at home has helped the Big Red as Cornell has covered just 1 of their 5 games at home this season. I simply this this boils down to a case of laying points with the better team, so I’ll do just that with Penn on the road here.

Pick:
Penn -5.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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