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Yale vs. Cornell - 3/1/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cornell at Yale
Date & Time Friday March 1, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
John J. Lee Amphitheater
New Haven, CT
The Line
Yale Bulldogs -13 -- O/U: 146.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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NCAA BB | Cornell at Yale
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The Cornell Big Red and the Yale Bulldogs meet in Ivy League college basketball action from the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Friday night.

The Cornell Big Red will be looking to snap a 3-game losing streak after a 68-50 loss to Penn last time out. Matt Morgan led the Big Red with 21 points on 6 of 12 shooting with 5 threes and a team-high 3 assists and 3 steals as the only Cornell player to score in double figures in the losing effort Josh Warren had 6 points with 7 rebounds and 3 blocks and Steven Julian had 7 boards with a pair of steals. Morgan leads Cornell in scoring with 23 points per game while Julian leads the Big Red in rebounding with 6.4 rebounds per game and Warren leads Cornell in assists with 2.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Cornell is averaging 69.5 points per game on 43.9% shooting from the field, 33.8% from behind the 3-point line and 70.7% from the foul line this season.

The Yale Bulldogs will look to rebound from an 88-86 loss to Harvard that snapped their 6-game winning streak last time out. Miye Oni and Alex Copeland tied for the team-high with 21 points, with Oni shooting 7 of 14 with 5 threes while Copeland shot 8 of 11 with a team-high 5 assists and 3 steals. Blake Reynolds added 15 points with a pair of steals and 3 assists while Trey Phills chipped in 12 points with 5 assists to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for Yale in the loss. Jordan Bruner added 6 points with a game-high 13 rebounds and 3 blocks. Oni leads Yale with an average of 18 points and 3.6 assists per game while Bruner leads the Bulldogs on the glass with 8.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Yale is averaging 81 points per game with the 6th-best field goal percentage in D-I this season, shooting 50.1% from the floor, 36.7% from behind the arc and 70.4% from the foul line this season.

Cornell is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games against a team with a winning home record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Yale is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss. Cornell is 3-13 ATS in the last 16 meetings between these two teams and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams at Yale.

The points with Cornell are tempting, when you’re getting this many to being with and when you factor in that Cornell needs this win to maintain a hold on that all-important 4th spot in the Ivy League conference standings as only the top-4 teams make the tournament. However, Yale is simply the better team here and the Bulldogs are trying to distance themselves at the top of the conference standings to clinch the top spot in the conference with three games to go after this one. Cornell is sliding right now and given Cornell’s struggles in this matchup, I just think that this is the Bulldogs’ game to lose, so I’ll side with Yale for a massive win and cover in this one.

Pick:
Yale -13

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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