Cornell Big Red (12-15) at Harvard Crimson (17-12)
|Date & Time||Saturday March 10, 2018, 12:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Harvard Crimson -6.5 -- Over/Under:
We have some Ivy League conference tournament semifinals action on Saturday afternoon as the #4 seed Cornell Big Red take on the top-seeded Harvard Crimson in a college basketball matchup.
The Cornell Big Red finished the regular season as the #4 seed after finishing Ivy League play with a 6-8 mark in conference as part of their 12-15 overall record this season. Cornell emerged out of the rubble from their non-conference slate at 6-7, with losses to Auburn, Delaware, Niagara and Syracuse. Consistency was hard to come by for Cornell, starting 0-3 and wining back-to-back games just once this season. Matt Morgan leads Cornell with an average of 22.6 points and 3.2 assists per game while Stone Gettings leads Cornell in rebounding with 6.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Cornell is scoring 76.6 points per game on 46.2% shooting from the field, 33.9% from behind the arc and 73.2% from the foul line this season.
The Harvard Crimson will look to advance to the conference tournament after claiming the top seed with a 12-2 conference mark as part of their 17-12 overall record this season. The Crimson got out to a quick 2-0 start but followed that up with defeats in 6 of their next 7 games. Harvard then added another pair of wins while losing their final 4 non-conference games to finish 5-12 out of the Ivy League this season. Harvard started conference play with a 4-0 mark and wins in 10 of their first 11 Ivy League matchups before a loss to Penn and back-to-back wins to finish the year. Seth Towns leads Harvard in scoring with 15.8 points per game while Justin Bassey leads the Crimson on the glass with 5.7 rebounds per game and Christian Juzang leads Harvard in assists with 2.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Harvard is scoring 68.4 points per game on 43.1% shooting from the field, 34.8% from behind the 3-point line and 77.4% from the foul line this season.
Cornell is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record and 15-33-3 ATS in their last 51 games following a win while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 conference matchups. Harvard is 24-7-2 ATS in their last 33 conference matchups and 33-15-3 ATS in their last 51 games overall while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record. The over is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
Cornell sneaking into the tournament is a great sight for the Big Red faithful, but I’m not sure Harvard would be the ideal semifinal matchup for any of the other 3 teams involved. The Crimson are arguably the most consistent team ATS in the Ivy League and have covered in pretty much 2 out of every 3 games. I’ll lay the points as Harvard moves on to the conference championship game.