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Yale vs. Princeton - 2/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Princeton Tigers and the Yale Bulldogs meet in Ivy League college basketball action from John J. Lee Amphitheater on Friday night.

The Princeton Tigers will look to build on their current 7-game winning streak after a 70-61 overtime win over Cornell in their last outing. Richmond Aririguzoh led the Tigers with 20 points on 6 of 6 shooting with an 8 of 10 mark from the foul line and a team-high 3 assists while Myles Stephens added 15 points with 8 rebounds. Ryan Schwieger chipped in 14 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Princeton in the win. Jerome Desrosiers added 8 points and a team-high 9 rebounds as well in the victory. Devin Cannady led the Tigers in scoring with 20.4 points per game but is currently indefinitely suspended after an off-court incident, so Myles Stephens is the next leading scorer with 12.9 points and 6.4 rebounds while Jose Morales leads Princeton in assists with 2.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Princeton is averaging 70.5 points per game on 40.9% shooting from the field, 31.2% from behind the arc and 74% from the foul line this season.

The Yale Bulldogs will look to keep their momentum going after winning 12 of their last 14 games following an 89-68 win over Dartmouth in their last outing. Miye Oni led the Bulldogs with 31 points on 10 of 16 shooting with 4 threes and team-highs of 9 rebounds and 4 assists with a pair of steals. Blake Reynolds and Jordan Bruner each had 17 points on 7 made field goals with 3 threes to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Yale in the win, with Reynolds having a perfect shooting night from the floor, shooting 7 of 7 from the field in the win. Oni leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 16.8 points per game while Bruner leads Yale with averages of 8.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Yale is averaging 81.2 points per game on 48.6% shooting from the field, 36% from behind the arc and 69.6% from the foul line this season.

Princeton is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 conference games. Yale is 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 home games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 conference games while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Princeton is 1-5-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams at Yale.

Yale has been the hotter team over a longer stretch of time and has had the bulk of recent success at home against the Tigers, but something feels off about leaving this many points on the table with Princeton. The Tigers have been on fire ATS both overall and on the road as of late, and while I’m not sure that Princeton wins this outright, I think this game could be decided by a single bucket so I’ll take Princeton and the points in this one.

Pick:
Princeton +7

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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