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Harvard vs. Yale - 3/17/19 Ivy League Championship College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Yale at Harvard
Date & Time Sunday March 17, 2019, 12:00 PM (EDT)
John J. Lee Amphitheater
New Haven, CT
The Line
Yale Bulldogs -4.5 -- O/U: 145
TV Channel
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The Harvard Crimson and the Yale Bulldogs meet in the Ivy League championship game from the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Sunday afternoon.

The Harvard Crimson come into the Ivy League title game looking for their 1st tournament win in their 2nd finals appearance after exorcising playoff demons with a 68-65 win over Penn in their semifinal on Saturday. Bryce Aiken led the Crimson with 19 points on 7 of 16 shooting along with a team-high 4 assists and 3 steals while Noah Kirkwood added 12 points as the only other double-digit scorer for Harvard in the win. Kale Catchings added 8 points with a team-high 9 rebounds as well in the victory for the Crimson. Aiken leads Harvard in scoring with 21.7 points per game while Justin Bassey leads the Crimson in rebounding with 6.8 rebounds per game and Christian Juzang leads Harvard in assists with 2.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Harvard is averaging 71 points per game on 45.7% shooting from the field, 37.1% from behind the arc and 71.1% from the foul line this season.

The Yale Bulldogs will look to win their first conference tournament title in their 2nd appearance after an 83-77 win over Princeton in their semifinal on Saturday. Miye Oni led the Bulldogs with 23 points on 7 of 16 shooting with an 8 of 8 mark from the foul line along with team-highs of 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Blake Reynolds and Alex Copeland tied for 2nd with 16 points apiece, with Reynolds shooting 7 of 10 with a pair of threes and a pair of steals while Copeland had 5 assists of his own. Jordan Bruner added 10 points on 4 of 5 shooting with 7 rebounds to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Yale in the win. Oni leads Yale in scoring and assists with 17.4 points and 3.6 assists per game while Bruner leads the Bulldogs in rebounding with 8.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Yale is averaging 80.5 points per game on 49.4% shooting from the field, 37.2% from behind the arc and 71.6% from the foul line this season.

Harvard is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 conference games. Yale is 10-3 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games while the under is 7-0 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. Yale is 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

Yale being favored in the title game makes sense because although this is a neutral site game, it’s being played on Yale’s home floor. However, home court didn’t stop Harvard from coming in and winning outright earlier this season, and from sweeping the regular season meetings between the two sides. Yale has also had issues covering against Harvard dating back to last season and while this will be a highly entertaining game, I see Harvard keeping this one close at the very least so I’ll take a shot with Harvard and the points here.

Harvard +4.5

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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