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Toledo vs. Cornell - 12/19/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cornell Big Red (5-5) at Toledo Rockets (10-1)
Date & Time Wednesday December 19, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Toledo Rockets -14.5 -- Over/Under: 143
TV Channel
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NCAA BB | Cornell Big Red (5-5) at Toledo Rockets (10-1)
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The Cornell Big Red will travel to Savage Arena to take on the Toledo Rockets this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Cornell Big Red snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 5-5 on the season after defeating the Longwood Lancers, 70-64, this past Monday night. Cornell went into halftime with a 36-26 halftime lead and was able to pull away late after taking a 60-51 lead with just 1:23 left in regulation. Cornell shot 50.0% from beyond the arc while the Big Red held Longwood to just 39.0 shooting from the field and 28.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Big Red was Matt Morgan who had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and a steal.

On the season, Cornell is averaging 70.7 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Big Red are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Cornell has been led by Matt Morgan (23.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.1 spg), Jimmy Boeheim (11.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.3 apg), Josh Warren (8.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.6 apg), and Terrance McBride (4.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.9 apg).

Defensively, Cornell are allowing their opponents to average 69.1 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Big Red have a rebound margin of -1.3 and a turnover margin of -1.4.

The Toledo Rockets won their 8th straight game and improved to 10-1 on the season after defeating the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 84-62, this past Saturday. Toledo dominated Middle Tennessee in the 1st half and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 48-30 halftime lead. Toledo shot 45.9% from the field and 42.3% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Rockets was Marreon Jackson who had 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 6 assists.

On the season, Toledo is averaging 83.1 ppg on 46.6% shooting from the field. The Rockets are averaging 10.5 three-pointers per game on 39.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Toledo has been led by Jaelan Sanford (17.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.1 apg), Nate Navigato (13.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.3 apg), Willie Jackson (11.6 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Luke Knapke (10.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.8 apg).

Defensively, Toledo is holding their opponents to an average of 66.6 ppg on 40.5% shooting from the field. The Rockets have a rebound margin of 5.5 and are averaging 5.6 steals per game.

The Big Red are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games following an ATS loss. The Rockets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win.

Cornell has one of the best players in the Ivy League in Matt Morgan however, the Big Red have had trouble scoring ball as a team as they come into this game ranked 269th in scoring offense & 226th in FG%. Toledo continues to pick up wins and has been outstanding on both ends of the court as they come into this game ranked 36th in scoring offense & 65th in scoring defense. Toledo has been outstanding at home this season and as I think their defense will give Cornell trouble, I’m taking Toledo to cover this large spread.

Pick:
Toledo Rockets -14.5

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