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#869 Brown 142.5 vs.
#870 Penn -7
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:00pm EST
Written by David Hess

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College hoops action on Friday evening and a pair of teams from the Ivy League will square off as the Brown Bears grapple with the Penn Quackers at The Palestra in Philadelphia, PA. Penn won both meetings between these teams last year. The Bears have gone 11-8 on the year while the Quakers have gone 12-7 so far. Both teams have gone 4-2 in league play.

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The Bears Are On A Roll

The Brown Bears started out Ivy League play at 0-2 with both losses coming against the Yale Bulldogs. Since then, the Bears have turned things around as they have won their last four games in a row. All four of those wins were at home and they have gone just 1-6 in true road games this year, so it will be a test for them to keep their winning streak going. This is an important game for both teams as both are just one game out of first in the Ivy League. Brown has been below average on defense all year but it has been a bit better of late as they have allowed just 65.9 ppg over their last seven games. In their last game, the Bears beat Harvard by a score of 72-71 and the defense played pretty well as they allowed the Crimson to hit 46% of their shots overall, including 30% (7/23) of their shots from deep. The offense didn't have a great showing as they shot just 43% overall, including 31% (4-13) from long range. The big difference was that the Bears outscored the Crimson 28-12 at the charity stripe. Leading their attack was Brandon Anderson, who had 22 points while Tamenang Cho had 17.

Brown enters this game ranked 245th in the nation in scoring at 69.1 ppg, 312th in field goal percentage at 41.0%, 254th in three-point shooting at 32.1% and 146th in free-throw shooting at 71.4%. On the defensive end of the floor, they are ranked 202nd in points allowed at 70.1 ppg, 191st in defensive FG% at 42.9% and 191st in three-point defense at 33.2%.

Quakers Are Seeking Their 6th Win In A Row

The Penn Quakers have been hot of late as they enter this game having won their last five games in a row. In league play, they have kinda followed the same script as the Bears as Pdenn started Ivy League play at 0-2 but they have since reeled off four league wins in a row. Their other win in the last five games was at home against Temple. Their last two wins were on the road and they averaged 77.5 ppg on those games, after averaging just 59.3 ppg (Regulation) over their previous three games. The offense will have a tough task in this one against a Brown defense that has been solid of late. In their last game, Penn topped Cornell by a score of 79-73 and leading their attack was Devon Goodman, who had 18 points while Max Martz and Jordan Dingle each had 17. The Quakers shot 54% from the field overall but just 26% (6/23). Cornell shot 46% from the field overall, including 39% (9/23) from long range. Penn will be hoping for a better defensive effort. they will also be looking for a big win which could move them into a first-place tie in the Ivy League.

Penn enters this game ranked 85th in the nation in scoring at 75.1 ppg, 60th in field goal percentage at 46.1%, 248th in three-point shooting at 32.1% and 275th in free-throw shooting at 67.7%. On the defensive end of the floor, they are ranked 249th in points allowed at 71.7 ppg, 159th in defensive FG% at 42.2% and 244th in three-point defense at 34.2%.

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Both teams enter this game hot but only one can stay that way and I see the Quakers being the one. The Bears have won four in a row, but all four were at home and they have gone just 1-6 in their true road games thus far. They have been outscored by 13.9 ppg in their road games this year and in their lone road game in Ivy League play, they lost by 14 to Yale. Penn has their offense rolling at the moment and the Bears have allowed 76.6 ppg on the road for the year. The Bears have averaged just 62.7 ppg on the road and the Quakers have allowed just 65.4 ppg at home. This should be a rather easy win for the Quakers.

Prediction: Penn -7

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I will look for this game to go Under the total. The Quakers have been hot on offense of late and the Bears have struggled on defense on the road. I can see Penn getting their fair share of points in this one. The big part of this play is the offense for the Bears, which was averaged just 62.7 ppg on the road. They will not get their offense going in this one against a Penn defense that has allowed just 65.4 ppg at home so far. Lastly, we note that Penn's conference games have averaged just 134.2 ppg while Brown's league games have averaged just 135.2 ppg. Those numbers for both teams are well below the OU line for this game. Penn is 71st in pace, while Brown is 88th but still, Brown will not score enough for the game to go Over the total.

Prediction: Under 144
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Written By David Hess

David has always had a fascination with numbers and sports, so he combined the two to become a handicapper and a writer for us here at Winners & Whiners, along with StatSalt. All the information that David puts in his articles are well-researched and his predictions are well-thought out. He is a big fan of all the major pro sports and the colleges making David a very versatile and a constantly winning handicapper. David has been writing for the past 10 years and has been handicapping for over 20 years. He will help you beat the Man, so be sure and follow along.