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Harvard vs. Penn - 3/1/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Penn at Harvard
Date & Time Friday March 1, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Lavietes Pavilion
Boston, MA
The Line
Harvard Crimson -5 -- O/U: 137.5
TV Channel
ESPN+, ESPNU
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The Penn Quakers and the Harvard Crimson meet in Ivy League college basketball action from the Lavietes Pavilion on Friday night.

The Penn Quakers will look to build on a 68-50 win over Cornell in their last outing. AJ Brodeur led the Quakers with 17 points on 7 of 13 shooting with team-highs of 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the double-double while Devon Goodman added 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting with 4 threes. Antonio Woods and Jake Silpe each had 12 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Penn in the win, with Woods shooting 4 of 9 with 3 threes and 5 assists while Silpe shot 4 of 7 with a pair of treys along with 3 steals. Brodeur leads Penn with an average of 16.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Penn is averaging 74.6 points per game on 45.9% shooting from the field, 36% from behind the 3-point line and 63.9% from the foul line this season.

The Harvard Crimson will look to pick up some steam after an 88-86 win over Yale in their last outing. Bryce Aiken led the Crimson with 28 points on 6 of 11 shooting with 3 threes, a 13 of 15 mark from the foul line and a team-high 4 assists while Kale Catchings had 16 points with 3 steals and Danilo Djuricic had 14 points and a pair of steals. Christian Juzang added 10 points to finish off the scoring in double figures for Harvard in the win while Noah Kirkwood had 5 points and a team-high 8 rebounds. Chris Lewis was held to just 6 points in 9 minutes but still leads Harvard in scoring with 11.9 points per game while Juzang leads Harvard in assists with 2.7 assists per game and Justin Bassey leads the Crimson on the glass with 7.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Harvard is averaging 72 points per game on 47.2% shooting from the field, 38.1% from behind the arc and 69.6% from the foul line this season.

Penn is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 conference games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Harvard is 30-13-2 ATS in their last 45 conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Penn is 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings between these two teams and 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams at Harvard.

Laying points at home with Harvard wouldn’t be a bad idea given Penn’s issues ATS in this matchup, and how well Harvard have played in conference in recent years. However, Penn has more at stake in this matchup, as a win could push them into the. Mix for the all-important 4th spot in the Ivy League standings, where only the top-4 qualify for the conference tournament. The Quakers are also 6-5 ATS and 7-4 SU on the road this season. Harvard is 7-2 SU at home, but the Crimson have covered just 3 of their 8 lined home games this season, so in what could be labelled as a must-win for Penn, I’ll take a shot with the Quakers and the points here.

Pick:
Penn +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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