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Harvard vs. Princeton - 2/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Princeton Tigers (11-10) at Harvard Crimson (10-11)
Date & Time Friday February 9, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Harvard Crimson -3 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPNU
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NCAA BB | Princeton Tigers (11-10) at Harvard Crimson (10-11)
USA TODAY Sports

The Princeton Tigers and Harvard Crimson meet Friday in college basketball action at the Lavietes Pavilion.

The Princeton Tigers look for another win after winning six of their last nine games. The Princeton Tigers are averaging 72.7 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 71.4 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Devin Cannady is averaging 18 points and 5.1 rebounds while Myles Stephens is averaging 14.5 points and 1.4 assists. Amir Bell is the third double-digit scorer and Sebastian Much is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Princeton Tigers are shooting 39.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.3 percent from the free throw line. The Princeton Tigers are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.2 rebounds per game. The Princeton Tigers have won four of their last six road games. 

The Harvard Crimson need a win here to get back to a .500 record. The Harvard Crimson are averaging 65.2 points on 41.2 percent shooting and allowing 67.4 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Seth Towns is averaging 15.6 points and 5.2 rebounds while Bryce Aiken is averaging 14.1 points and 2.9 assists. Chris Lewis is the third double-digit scorer and Corey Johnson is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Harvard Crimson are shooting 32.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. The Harvard Crimson are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.2 rebounds per game. The Harvard Crimson have won four of their last five home games.

The Tigers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up loss and 39-17 ATS in their last 56 Friday games. The Crimson are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

The Princeton Tigers are the better basketball team between these two, as Harvard struggles big time finding consistent offense and has an even point differential at home this season. Princeton has had no trouble winning on the road this season and is hot offensively, scoring 80.8 points on 48.6 percent shooting in its last five games. Princeton has also won three of the last four meetings against Harvard. Points and the better team is something I don't shy away from often. Give me my free bucket.

Pick:
Princeton Tigers +3

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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