Brown at Harvard
|Date & Time||Saturday February 2, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Harvard Crimson -6.5-- Over/Under: 136
The Brown Bears will travel to Lavietes Pavilion to take on the Harvard Crimson this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Brown Bears snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 13-6 (1-2 Ivy League) on the season after defeating the Dartmouth Big Green, 60-58, last night. Brown trailed by a 53-46 margin with just 4:10 left in regulation, however, the Bears used a 11-1 run to take a 57-54 lead with just :28 seconds left in regulation and held on late to secure their first Ivy League victory of the season. Brown won despite shooting just 37.5% from the field & 26.7% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bears was Obi Okolie who had 15 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.
Coming into their game against Dartmouth, Brown was averaging 76.9 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Bears were averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 34.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Brown has been led by Desmond Cambridge (17.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Tamenang Choh (12.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.0 bpg), Obi Okolie (9.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.1 apg), and Brandon Anderson (9.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.4 spg).
Defensively, Brown was allowing 68.2 ppg on 40.1% shooting from the field. The Bears had a rebound margin of 1.5 and a turnover margin of 1.1.
The Harvard Crimson won their 3rd straight game and improved to 9-7 (2-1 Ivy League) on the season after defeating the Yale Bulldogs, 65-49, on Friday night. Harvard had no trouble with the Bulldogs on either end of the court and had no trouble picking up the victory after the Crimson went into halftime with a 35-20 lead. Harvard shot 45.3% from the field while holding Yale to just 30.5% from the field & 17.4% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Crimson was Justin Bassey who had 13 poitns, 7 rebounds, and an assist.
Coming into their game against Yale, Harvard was averaging 69.6 ppg on 47.1% shooting from the field. The Crimson were averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 35.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Harvard has been led by Bryce Aiken (15.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.5 spg), Chris Lewis (13.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.9 bpg), Noah Kirkwood (9.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Justin Bassey (9.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.5 apg).
Defensively, Harvard was allowing their opponents to average 69.3 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Crimson has a rebound margin of 3.9 and a turnover margin of -4.4.
The Bears are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, however, just 6-16 ATS in their last 22 Saturday games. The Crimson are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 25-10-2 ATS in their last 37 games vs. Ivy League opponents.
Brown has won 6 of their last 9 games and come into this match-up ranked 90th in scoring offense, 98th in scoring defense, and 29th in defensive FG%. Harvard has won 4 of their last 6 games and currently rank 65th in FG%, 120th in scoring defense, and 80th in rebound margin.
Brown had a tough start to conference play this season after back to back losses to Yale, however, this is still a talented team that recently defeated San Diego State on the road by an 82-61 margin. Harvard still is without Seth Towns, however, the Crimson recent got back Bryce Aiken and have to still be considered the favorites to win the Ivy this season. Harvard has dominated this matchup in recent years and although the Crimson can’t overlook the Bears, I think Harvard will do enough to cover what I expect will be a mid-range spread once it’s released. Check back later for updates, but my initial thoughts are with Harvard in this one.