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#863 Brown 131.5 vs.
#864 Yale -11
Friday, January 17, 2020 at 7:30pm EST
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Yale Bulldogs will host the Brown Bears in IVY League action Friday night from the John J. Lee Amphitheater. The Bears tallied a 79-65 win against DIII Johnson & Wales in their latest game, and the Bulldogs also battled DIII Johnson & Wales last time out and won 108-58. Yale defeated Brown in both meetings last season.

Brown Targets Third Straight Victory

The Brown Bears tip-off conference playing hunting for their third straight win. The Bears tallied a big 85-75 home win against a strong Rhode Island squad, followed by their easy 79-65 win against DIII Johnson & Wales in their latest action. Brown is 2-3 in their last five games overall.

Keep an eye out for Brandon Anderson in this game. The senior guard has missed the last two games with a lower-body injury and is questionable. He has surpassed the 20 point mark five times this season. Anderson and is sporting an average of 20.3 PPG on 41.8% shooting. Tamenang Choh has only reached double-digits in one out of his last three games. The junior forward is still averaging a solid 12.9 points along with 8 rebounds per game. Zach Hunsaker is 9 for 15 from the field in his last two games. The senior guard is only shooting 33% on an average of 10.8 points.

Brown is placed 210th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings, and are a poor 1-5 on the road. The Bears are scoring an average of 69.9 points, ranking them 228th overall. Brown is allowing an average of 71.1 points, positioning them 232nd in DI.

Yale Enters Ivy League Play Red Hot

The Yale Bulldogs head into their IVY League opener with confidence. They have won eight out of their last nine games overall with their lone loss in that span coming against the Tar Heels in a narrow 70-67 road defeat. They tallied an 88-58 home win against DIII Johnson & Wales in their previous game.

Paul Atkinson is having a terrific season and does not miss many shots. The junior forward has posted a field goal efficiency of at least 60% in seven out of his last eight games. Atkinson features an average of 16.5 PPG and 7.2 RPG. Azar Swain is red-hot, sinking at least 19 points in three out of his last four games. The junior guard has increased his season average to 15.6 PPG and 4.1 RPG. Jordan Bruner is also in a groove, registering three straight double-doubles. The senior forward owns great stats, compiling an average of 12.3 points and 9.6 rebounds.

The Bulldogs are ranked 59th in DI in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings, and stand at 4-0 on their home floor. Yale is currently averaging 75.3 points, ranking them 93rd in all of DI. They are an outstanding defensive team that is holding opponents to only 62.3 points, good for 45th overall.

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I am selecting Yale in this game. Yale is one of the top teams in the Ivy League and they continue to shine, winning eight out of their last nine games overall. Brown is struggling right now, winning only three out of their last eight games.

Furthermore, Brown is going to have a major task trying to solve the Yale defense. The Bulldogs have allowed 58 or fewer points in two out of their last three games. Brown is one of the worst offensive teams in DI, and hold a poor 41.8% team field goal percentage.

Prediction: Yale Bulldogs

Full-Game Total Pick

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The under is the play when looking at the total. Yale is a tremendous defensive team and they will likely hold this Brown team to the 50 points range. Opponents are only shooting 27.5% from three-point range against Yale which is 13th in all of DI, and Brown ranks 202nd in three-point efficiency. The under is 11-4 in the Browns' last 15 games as the road underdog.

In addition, Yale has cooled off from an offensive standpoint. They have scored 67 or fewer points in four out of their last six games against DI opponents this season. The under is 4-1 in the Bulldogs' last five games against a team with a winning record.

Prediction: Under

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The under on the Brown team total offered on PointsBet is a strong prop. Brown has posted several duds offensively this season. They scored 56 points against Navy, 63 points against Stony Brook, and only 50 points against Duke. Yale has contained power conference teams this season with ease which included holding Penn State to only 58 points.

Prediction: Brown Team Total Under

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I am sticking with Yale on the halftime line. Brown has only averaged 30.3 points in the first half in their last three games which is not a good sign up against this stifling Yale defense. The Bulldogs are holding opponents to an average of only 28.5 points in the first half this season.

Prediction: Yale
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.